NEW DELHI: In a move to improve relations with Bangladesh, the Indian Government has conferred the Gandhi Peace Award 2020 on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman posthumously. The decision comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Bangladesh on March 26 to attend the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the independence and birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Earlier in 2019, the peace prize was conferred on the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman.
This is an International Gandhi Peace Prize presented by the Government of India and has been named after the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi as a tribute to the Gandhian ideals. This award was launched in the year 1995 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This annual award is given to the individuals and institutions for their contributions to the political, social, and economic transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian ideals.