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Portugal’s Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize

  • 20 Dec 2019
  • 2 min read

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While addressing the second meeting of the National Committee for Commemoration of the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa has announced the Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize in order to perpetuate Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals in Portugal.

  • The first edition of prize will be dedicated to animal welfare.
  • Antonio Costa is also known as the ‘Gandhi of Lisbon’ for his work along Gandhian principles. Lisbon is the Capital of Portugal.

Key Points

  • In order to propagate the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi at national and international level, two committees were constituted by the Government of India in 2018 to Commemorate the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • A National Committee (NC) headed by the President of India, including Vice-President, Prime Minister, Chief Minister of all States, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers, and eminent persons from all walks of life.
    • Along with Antonio Costa, other foreign dignitaries including Tulsi Gabbard, Desmond Tutu, Bernie Meyer (known as American Gandhi), Yoshiro Mori (Former Japanese Prime Minister), etc are the members of the committee.
  • An Executive Committee (EC) headed by the Prime Minister of India. The mandate of the committee has been described below:
    • To consider policies and lay down guidelines for the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
    • To chalk cut the plan, programmes and activities under the commemoration.

Source: The Hindu

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