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Shabana 1st Indian to win Gandhi Peace Prize
Indrani Mitra Roy | September 11, 2006 14:58 IST
Previous recipients of this award include Nobel Laureates, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The award is granted by the London-based Gandhi Foundation. The actor's husband, poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, will accompany her to the award ceremony in London, where she will also deliver the annual Gandhi lecture at the House of Lords on October 26.
Azmi told rediff.com that she is "overwhelmed and accepts the honour in all humility."
This is Azmi's fourth international award for social justice and human rights. At the bicentenial celebrations of International Human Rights in Paris in 1989, French President Francois Mitterand honoured Azmi along with Mother Teresa and another Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.