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Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for Noble Peace Prize 5 times, says the official web-site of Noble Prize Committee (link). The very fact that the Committee uses the phrase “Mahatma Gandhi, the Missing Laureate” says it all! This is the biggest ommission and commission on part of the Noble Committe atleast in the 20th century. It says:

A frequent criticism from non-Indians was also that Gandhi was too much of an Indian nationalist. In his report, Professor Worm-Müller expressed his own doubts as to whether Gandhi’s ideals were meant to be universal or primarily Indian: “One might say that it is significant that his well-known struggle in South Africa was on behalf of the Indians only, and not of the blacks whose living conditions were even worse.”

Whereas, read about Winston Churchill. The Wikipedia says:
“He denigrated the father of the Indian independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi, as “a half-naked fakir” who “ought to be laid, bound hand and foot, at the gates of Delhi and then trampled on by an enormous elephant with the new viceroy seated on its back”. This was in 1940s when Winston Churchill -as Prime Minister of Britain- did everything possible to scuttle the steps towards Indian independence. During those times, he is also claimed to have said that democracy was totally unsuited to Indians. He was an established anti- India personality.

For the records, Sir winston Churchill received Noble Prize in literature in 1953. He was a Statesman, Prime Minister of Britain, writer, speaker and truly a multi-faceted personality.

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