Barack Hussain Obama, well known as the President of United States of America is once again in news. And this time, the news is from Norway’s capital, Oslo. The world was dumbfounded on hearing, “Obama is awarded prestigious Nobel Peace prize”, as declared by the Nobel Committee.
This very Scrolling hit the News, Internet, face book, orkut, twitter, news papers like a tsunami. USA was overjoyed with this. Every American Prez dreams of a Nobel Prize in his tenure and Obama in his just 8 month tenure as a Prez achieved it. Kudos to Obama on that. This is on one side of the coin.
On the other side, lot of questions need to be answered. Why Obama? Why only he? As a Prez in these 8 months, though he became a youth icon, but the accomplishments he made were not worthy to win him a Nobel Prize. Did he completely establish peace in Iraq and make the Iraqis feel safe in their homeland. Obama’s announcement of completely withdrawing the military activities from Iraq by next year August, may not possible with the present scenario there. Obama’s dream of making Nuke free world and US signing the CTBT are not yet accomplished. With Obama coming to the fore-front, the nuclear activities of Iran were much discussed. But his dealings with Iran could not stop their Nuke programme. Obama’s address to the Muslim world from Istanbul did not completely erase the US’s anti-Islam feelingin the Muslim countries. Nothing was done about the peace agreement between Israel- Palestine and the misunderstanding between Israel and Iran. Adding to these, there was a lot of pressure on Obama to increase the military in Afghanistan. Doesn’t this mean in preparing Afghans to wage a war with their rival, Taliban’s. Is this what a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate does?
According to the will of Alfred Nobel, founder of Nobel Prize, “Nobel Peace Prize is given 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.”
Did Obama accomplish at least one of the requirements as per the will of Alfred Nobel? Isn’t he premature to deserve it? Doesn’t this Noble Peace Prize to Obama given for some sort of political gain?
These are some of the questions that came in to my mind after coming to know about the winner of Nobel Peace Prize, which I refer to as the Biggest Joke of the year.
P.S. Obama, himself was a little shocked by the news. “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize, men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace,” the president said. And Mahatma Gandhi whom the world remembers for his contribution in promoting non-violence was rejected 5 times as a nomination to Nobel Peace Prize. But, people like Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Aung San Suu Kyi and Barack Obama, who followed in his footsteps were awarded with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. Anyhow, Nobel Committee later regretted for not awarding Mahatma Gandhi with Nobel Peace prize.