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Came across this interesting link profiling few probable candidates (guess game start early…) in BBC, ahead of 2006 Nobel prize for peace. Quite an interesting set of people, but perhaps meant for some other prize. Few of the probables (according to BBC) are,

Martti Ahtisaari

President Yudhoyono
John Bolton
Bono and Bob Geldof
Carla del Ponte
Thich Quang Do
Rebiya Kadeer
Sergei Kovalyev
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

To me, none of them bring an impressive record to claim world’s coveted and respected prize on peace. Perhaps, Finish former president Ahtisaari comes somewhere near to fit the bill with some experience
as secretary general Kofi Annan’s special envoy to lead the Vienna peace talks. Some claim that his role will have a bearing on the final status of Kosovo. There are a whole sets of other candidates to fill some numbers. I began to wonder whether this celebrated peace prize is facing difficulty to find some folks, who are worthy to carry home the million dollar prize from Stockholm?

There is also a certain John Bolton listed as a contender. Come on, give me a break for this nomination. We are talking about the Nobel peace prize. The one which eluded MK Gandhi (well that has a history…and perhaps Gandhi died a little too early for the Norwegian committee to find a suitable year to award)

Disappointing…But the award will have to be given to someone, whether he/she is truly worthy of that name. I am wondering, why cant they give a Nobel every four year, like some of the coveted math prizes like Fields medal and Nevanlinna prize awards. That perhaps would help to find a genuine winner!

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