Shashi Tharoor nominates Kerala fishermen for Nobel


Congress leader Shashi Tharoor made a pitch to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to consider the fishermen of Kerala for the honour in recognition of the bravery they have shown when floods devastated the southern state last year.

They carried their boats onto trucks to get to stranded people and braved the filthy, swirling waters before most other rescuers arrived.

Hundreds of fishermen were then hailed as the heroes of the Kerala floods crisis.

"It was during the height of this tragedy that fishermen groups of Kerala, at great risk to their lives and potential damage to the boats that are the source of their livelihood, jumped into the fray to save their fellow citizens," Tharoor said in his letter to the chairperson of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

"They took their boats inland, and with their expert knowledge of the local conditions, their participation in the ongoing relief operations proved to be a gamechanger, as not only were they able to pick up stranded personnel in their vicinity, but were also instrumental in guiding boats of other rescue teams amidst the swirling waters," Tharoor said in the letter that he also tweeted.

"Fishermen groups across the country represent some of the most socio-economically underdeveloped segments. Kerala's fishermen are no exception."

"In spite of these conditions, as their lifesaving service during the floods clearly demonstrated, there is an extraordinarily altruistic spirit that animates and drives these coastal warriors of the state..." the Congress parliamentarian from Thiruvananthapuram said.