Of all the Nobel Prizes, Peace Nobel along with Literature are the ones that usually attracts attention, controversies, criticisms from all across the world cutting across disciplines.
For instance, when Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Barack Obama of the US, hardly six months after assuming the Oval Office, in 2009 and Malala Yousafzai, immediately after being shot in the head by Talibans, in the year 2014; eyebrows were raised and the Nobel Committee was ridiculed.
Serious disturbing questions were asked as to whether they truly deserve the honour.
Similarly the world of Literature was divided when a certain Robert Allen Zimmerman was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.
Two years after being awarded, debates on whether Bob Dylan, the great songwriter and musician, truly deserved the literature prize still continues and will continue.
This year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has steered itself free of any controversy by awarding the Peace Prize to the two most deserving persons.
Denis Mukwege, the Congolese Doctor (gynaecologist) and Nadia Murad, the Iraqi Yazidi who was sold into sex slaves by ISIS, were honoured for their anti rape activities, “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.
So, finally, yes finally, the Nobel Committee has come out of the ” politics of Nobel” by awarding the most coveted Prize to the most deserving persons(read ignoring the nomination of US President Donald Trump for the prize).
Congratulations to the Winners and of course to the Norwegian Nobel Committee fo not succumbing to the Trump tactics.
Prof Rajendra Kshetri, Manipur University, Imphal.