Environmentalist Bhatt Chosen for Gandhi Peace Prize

Published: 28th February 2014 09:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2014 09:39 PM   |  A+A-


Noted Gandhian and environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt has been selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013.

The jury for the prize met under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 18 and decided on his name, a press release here said.

Other members of the jury were Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh and former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Born in 1934, Bhatt 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, he is known for his work on subaltern social ecology, the release added.

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