Gita Press, Gorakhpur to receive Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021
The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2021 is being conferred on Gita Press, Gorakhpur. Established in 1923, Gita Press is one of the world’s largest publishers, having published over 41 crore books in 14 languages, including over 16 crore Shrimad Bhagvad Gita.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Gita Press, Gorakhpur on being conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize 2021. In a tweet, Mr Modi said they have done commendable work over the last 100 years towards furthering social and cultural transformations among the people.
Gandhi Peace Prize is an annual award instituted by the government in 1995, on the occasion of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a tribute to the ideals espoused by Mahatma Gandhi. The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or gender. The Ministry of Culture said, the award carries an amount of one crore rupees, a citation and a plaque.
The Jury headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after due deliberations today unanimously decided to select Gita Press, Gorakhpur as the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2021. The award will be given to Gita Press in recognition of its outstanding contribution to social, economic and political transformation through non-violent and other Gandhian methods.
Prime Minister Modi recalled the contribution of Gita Press in promoting the Gandhian ideals of peace and social harmony. He observed that the conferment of Gandhi Peace Prize on Gita Press, on completion of hundred years of its establishment, is a recognition of the work done by the institution in community service.