Nobel peace race: With 12, India has 2nd highest no. of nominees LONDON: Around a dozen Indians are in the running for the Nobel peace prize this year. The Nobel Institute in Oslo said on Monday that a record 259 nominees are in the running for the top prize for peace this year which includes 209 individuals and 50 organizations. Speaking exclusively to TOI, head of the Nobel Institute Geir Lundestad said the list includes around 12 names from India - the second highest from a single country after US. Lundestad said, "It is just a matter of time before an Indian wins the Nobel peace prize. You might think that 12 isn't such a large number out of 259. But it is the second highest number of nominations from a single country. The nominations from India this year are primarily individuals and not organizations ." Lundestad, who refused to name the nominees saying it has to be a secret, added, "The biggest mistake we have made in our 112-year history is not having given the Nobel peace to Gandhi. I am certain an Indian will win it in the near future. It is a increasingly important country with so many people working towards bringing peace. With such large number of nominations a winner is bound to emerge from India sooner or later." Lundestad added, "Some names get leaked from people and organizations but we can't name them. The nominations this year, have come from presidents and PMs of countries and former laureates." The Nobel peace prize will be announced in October. The list includes Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl-turned-icon who was shot by the Taliban and is presently recuperating in London, Myanmar's reformist President Thein Sein and US ex-president Bill Clinton. Nobel peace race: With 12, India has 2nd highest no. of nominees - The Times of India ********************************************* Speaks volumes!