As a tribute to the ideals espoused by Gandhi, the Government of India launched the International Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi. This is an annual award given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods. The award carries Rs. 10 million in cash, convertible in any currency in the world, a plaque and a citation. It is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, creed or sex.
A jury consisting of the Prime Minister of India, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the Chief Justice of India and two other eminent persons decides the awardee each year.
Gandhi Peace Prize Winners List
2013 : Chandi Prasad Bhatt Environmentalist, India
2005 : Desmond Tutu South African Cleric and Activist, South Africa
2004 : Coretta Scott King Widow of Martin Luther King, United States
2003 : Václav Havel 1st President of Czech Republic, Czech Republic
2002 : Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Educational Trust, India
2001 : John Hume Northern Irish Politician, Northern Ireland
2000 : Nelson Mandela (co-recipient) Former President of South Africa, South Africa
2000 : Grameen Bank (co-recipient) Founded by Mohammad Yunus, Bangladesh
1999 : Baba Amte Social Worker, India
1998 : Ramakrishna Mission Founded by Swami Vivekananda, India
1997 : Gerhard Fischer German Diplomat, Germany
1996 : A. T. Ariyaratne Founder of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka
1995 : Julius Nyerere 1st President of Tanzania, Tanzania
President Pranab Mukherjee on 15 July, 2014 honoured noted environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt with 2013 Gandhi Peace Prize at a glittering function in Darbar Hall at Rashtrapati Bhawan here.