Congress MP Sashi Tharoor nominates Kerala fisherfolk for Nobel Peace prize
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has made a pitch to the Nobel Committee to consider Kerala fisherfolk for the peace prize. He wrote to the chairperson of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and posted the letter on Twitter. There is a provision for parliamentarians to nominate people for the Nobel Prize. Fisherfolk were lauded as superheroes for their rescue operations during the 2018 Kerala floods.
Here are some excerpts:
“I would like to nominate the fishermen of Kerala for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. They represent an outstanding and wholly deserving candidacy, one that would be a worthy addition to the champions of humanity that the award has recognised over the years... Even as their own houses fell victim to the deluge, their thoughts and concerns were directed towards the larger safety of strangers. When the state government offered compensation in cash and kind for their efforts, many of them politely turned down the offer, pointing out that they found it unseemly to accept a reward for their humanitarian service-that is the level of dedication and magnanimity they have shown toward the welfare and greater good of Kerala.”