Dr Muhammad Yunus , the 2006 Nobel laureate for peace in an exclusive interview with Voice of America’s Bangla service describes humbly his interaction with a TV Channel in Norway who were the first to inform him that he could get Nobel Prize for peace this year.
He was hooked on phone line for a few minutes till he heard the announcement first in the Norwegian language of which he could only understand his name and the name of Bangladesh. Soon after he found people thronged into his place and phone calls of congratulations continued almost endlessly.
When asked about his and his Grameen bank’s contribution to peace, Professor Yunus politely said that it was upto the Nobel Committee to evaluate that. But he added that he had repeatedly said in many places that peace and poverty are not consistent with each other, they could not co- exist and there is a clear conflict between peace and poverty. It is indeed a matter of joy that the Nobel Committee have recognized this particular concept that peace could be brought in by emancipating people from poverty.
Professor Yunus stressed that we have to free ourselves from the clutches of poverty. He said that most of the financial institutions in the world have devoted themselves only to the service of the rich and they have been of not much use to the three- fourth of the present population. Professor Yunus was speaking over phone from Jobra , a village in which he started his project on micro-credit.