A New No­bel Would be a Novel Move

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While a Bharat Ratna can­not be ruled out, the de­mand by the AIADMK for the in­sti­tu­tion of an­other No­bel Prize — for ‘women and child up­lift­ment’ — with the first re­cip­i­ent nat­u­rally be­ing the late Tamil Nadu chief min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa, is un­for­tu­nately un­likely to get much trac­tion in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. Not that Pu­ratchi Tha­laivi was un­de­serv­ing of such an ac­co­lade (if it ex­isted) but No­bels are not awarded posthu­mously, which is why Ma­hatma Gandhi is also not a lau­re­ate. That she was not con­sid­ered in her life­time for any of the cur­rent No­bel cat­e­gories can prob­a­bly be as­cribed to the fact that word of Tamil Nadu’s progress un­der her lead­er­ship may not have cut any ice in far­away Scan­di­navia where the win­ners are de­cided.

How­ever, the in­sti­tu­tion of ad­di­tional cat­e­gories may in­crease the chances of (liv­ing) In­di­ans in fu­ture. So, ad­vo­cates of this — or any — new po­ten­tial No­bel could pool to­gether to en­dow an­other prize after as­cer­tain­ing whether any more can be put up even if the orig­i­nal donor may not have en­vi­sioned them. The prece­dent, of course, is the No­bel for eco­nomics, which was added only in 1968 thanks to a do­na­tion by the Sveriges Riks­bank, and is, there­fore, for­mally called the Swedish Na­tional Bank’s Prize in Eco­nomic Sci­ences in Mem­ory of Al­fred No­bel.

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