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Friday, October 26, 2007

Nobel gases 

One of the many beguiling aspects of the biggie from Oslo, capital of a whalo-philic Norway is the constitution of the process laid down itself, which seems to mandate the awarding of the prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, instituted by ol' Alfred to ensure no foreign policy influence, or some such quaint reason.

So while the raison d' etre of the Nobel Peace Prize archly spells out that it shall be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".

So, for two years now, we have had two winners who clearly fit many criteria but not the ones outlines above. The Grameen Bank will continue to be a stellar tribute to the power of an economic model that so valiantly stands out against the grain of conventional knowledge, and certainly Gore and the IPPC will raise awareness in many more spheres and ways. The question is-Is the NPP the award their exemplary work merits ? Or are we better served by establishing a all-purpose Good citizen award that is beyond the pale of a politically motivated event of suspect motives ?

If this predilection were to stand, then Bono, Jay Leno, Narayanamurthy and such globally-adored chappies may also be accorded the NPP.


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