Kodaikanal Gandhi Prize


The Khushwant Singh Literary Festivals’ (KSLF) Joy of Learning program, the Gandhi Peace Foundation and the literary journal Out of Print are pleased to announce the 4th edition of the Kodaikanal Gandhi Prize.

The Joy of Learning contest celebrates the legacy of Khushwant Singh, author, scholar, journalist, iconoclast. He was a mentor to generations of young people, journalists, and writers. We celebrate this legacy through The Joy of Learning, which encompasses the Joy of Words, Joy of Ideas and Joy of Reading. This has been held annually since the inception of KSLF in 2012.

Today we request your participation in the Joy of Reading – A Gandhi Essay Contest initiated by Radha Kumar, and partnered by Out of Print and the Gandhi Peace Foundation.

The winners will be recipients of the prestigious Kodaikanal Gandhi Prize, which will be announced on March 12, 2024. The significance of the date will be apparent to the participants.

  1. The competition is open to students aged 16 to 18, and  we invite registrations latest by Monday, December 11, 2023, 5 pm. There is no restriction to the number of registrations per school.
  2. Entries in the form of written or multimedia presentations must be submitted latest by Monday, January 22, 2024, 5 pm.
  3. Finalists must be available to meet the judges for an online interview on Saturday, March 9, 2024.


On behalf of the Joy of Learning Competition, we would welcome your confirmation of participation by your reply to this mail at your earliest convenience. An entry form and competition rules appended below:


  1. Download Entry Form
  2. Download Contest Rules


Should you have any queries, please feel free to reach out:


Ms Savita Sharma

Email:  JOL [at] KSLITFEST [dot] COM


Thank you

Vikram Seth Acrostic