Nobel who? prize

09 Oct

oh!! Wait..Wait.. Don’t tell me …Hmmm..Lemme guess.. Obama?…No !! Really? He won the peace prize ? Not for diplomacy?? Not for his speeches? Are you sure it is The Peace Prize ? I thought it was awarded to people who achieved something.. Oh!! They changed it now, yeah? It is awarded so he could strengthen international DIPLOMACY and cooperation between people. Are you sure that’s what Nobel intended when he wanted those 5 people to select the winner?

You don’t think so, yeah? Me too !! According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize should be awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” And our president was nominated within a few days after he took his oath of presidency. Maybe, the other nominations were worse. Happens when people like Hitler, Mussolini get nominated. You didn’t know? Yes, they have been nominated before.

Do you know how many times Gandhi was nominated? A freaking 5 times !! Right upto 1948 when he was murdered, the year when the committee said no one was worth it. He was one of the best diplomats the world has produced. The British could not resist most of his offers. This is the month of October, Gandhi Jayanthi and Berlin wall unification ( Yes, Reagan was also nominated once….the man who helped end the cold war) .

No, I am not a republican.
Yes, I am hoping Obama will overhaul the health care here.
Yes, I am opinionated and this is my thought.
Yes, I think awards should be awarded to people who have achieved, not hoping that they will achieve in the future , though he might be the most powerful man in the world.


Posted by on October 9, 2009 in General, Rant



14 responses to “Nobel who? prize

  1. Sri

    October 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

    It reminds me of a story in which villagers were asked to pour one bucket of milk towards city welfare. Everyone poured water thinking others will pour milk and their water will not show up.
    May be, individually people voted for him thinking he is the best of the available lot and before they knew it majority (or most votes) came to Obama.

    Definitely TOO SOON!
    But what is interesting is how Obama responded in his speech. He literally answered all the questions raised by his opponents.

    I think he would have loved it if he got this during his 6th to 8th year of his presidency

    Gandhi not getting it is plain abomination – period

    • shoba

      October 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

      Apparently, it was an unanimous vote.

  2. Saumya

    October 10, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    It is all about politics – even for the Peace prize is all it says. Me being an Obama supporter feels the same way. Let the man prove his mettle! I blogged on the same thing at

    Really, how about publishing a list of nominees and reasons for rejecting them?

    • shoba

      October 11, 2009 at 12:18 pm

      To be frank, I was more of a Hillary supporter than Obama initially..

  3. Sujatha

    October 11, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Hi Shoba, this is a comment about your post about your grandmother below. Is it all right if I linked to it in my post about my own ajji? That post is here:


    • shoba

      October 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm

      Yes, Sujatha, Please do. I went through the blog and it is so beautiful. We all really miss them, don’t we? I lost both my paternal grandparents very early and my maternal grandparents were the only ones I remember well.
      I will leave a comment in your post too , with the link.

  4. Sujatha

    October 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Thanks Shoba! It’s linked up! Have a great day!

  5. Manohar

    October 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Its like giving the nobel prize for physics to a promising scientist, but one who has not done anything yet.. but has the potential to do something. Ridiculous!!!

    • shoba

      October 12, 2009 at 9:49 pm

      I knew you were a staunch Obama supporter. Coming from you is something.

      • Manohar

        October 13, 2009 at 2:30 pm

        Maybe some donation was made? šŸ™‚

  6. Desi Soccer Mom

    October 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I am a Obama supporter but I too was taken aback when they announced the Noble. The way I see it, they awarded it to him one because he is so popular in Europe and two, for not being Bush. Not that that is a reason to award the noble to anybody. And I totally agree, if anybody should get it Gandhiji should be first in line.

  7. Praveen

    October 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I can talk peace too!
    Someone gimme!!!

    • shoba

      October 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm

      You should be given a nobel prize for tracking anything connected with the movie industry. šŸ™‚

  8. Hema

    October 13, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Yep, it sounded really crazy! I am a Obama fan too, but ‘ Preace Priz?” – No way …
    They could have even announced a posthumus award to someone like Gandhiji….for lack of current performers..
    Kaalam kettu pochchu…


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