We can set our own standard of greatness, and that well be without awards. The love for awards is the beginning of the fall - for nations as for individuals. The Charaka Samhita, imo the greatest of medical texts, never seeked nor got any award. As also Shakespere.
Awards only make the mind smaller - of him who desired it and got it, and him who tried to and did not. Always.
English News Media and it's viewers bother about it. Don't worry, it's less than 0.4% of the TV viewing population, which itself is about 60% of the population only.
Effectively, about 3 million people watch English news, that's 0.24%......We can safely say that it's a miniscule fringe..but in the interest of safeguarding diversity, we can call them Indians!
The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. Many other individuals and institutions in the international community have also contributed. It has been calculated that there are 168 million child labourers around the world today. In 2000 the figure was 78 million higher. The world has come closer to the goal of eliminating child labour.
The announcement draws on the old theme of Western “parity” between India and Pakistan, and then calls out the purportedly “Hindu” and “Muslim” affiliations of the awardees. Now, going back at least 10 years we did not find the religion of the awardees mentioned in the Nobel Peace Prize announcement. Barack Obama is not called out as a Christian, nor are the affiliations of Marti Ahtisaari, Al Gore, Mohammad Yunus, or any of the other awardees called out. Why the necessity to call out Satyarthi as a Hindu?"