Dalai Lama to be awarded ‘Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace’
Dalai Lama to receive the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace . Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi declared the Award in Johannesburg on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and requested the South African Government to grant a visa to the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit the country. The award will be given at the yearly Satyagraha Awards to be held at the Durban City Hall on October 9, 2011.
Factbox: MAGI Awards
The Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation (MAGI Awards) was created in memory of Mahatma Gandhi who began his socio-political life in South Africa and struggled ceaselessly for justice and for peace and reconciliation. The award was created in 2003 to mark the centenary of a newspaper, Indian Opinion, published in South Africa by Mahatma Gandhi.
The award comprises of a table top bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi seated and spinning to signify the importance of home industry for sustainable development and included with it is a scroll.