Chandi Prasad Bhatt Gets Gandhi Peace Prize For 2013

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The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013 has been awarded to eminent Gandhian and environmentalist, Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt. The Jury for the Prize met under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on 18th February 2014 and decided upon his name. The other members of the Jury were Justice P. Sathasivam, Chief Justice of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition (Lok Sabha), Dr. Karan Singh, M.P(Rajya Sabha) and Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, ex-Governor, West Bengal.

Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt, born in 1934 , is a noted Gandhian environmentalist and social activist. He was one of the pioneers of the Chipko movement for which he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1982. He is also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2005. One of India’s first modern environmentalists, today he is known for his work on subaltern social ecology.