'Tagore returned his Nobel Prize in protest against the British': Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb's comment triggers fresh controversy

According to BJP leaders, Biplab was advised not to make extempore speech in the public gathering except political program but again he made the same mistake.

Published: 11th May 2018 11:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2018 11:59 AM   |  A+A-

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb (File | PTI)


AGARTALA:  A slip talk of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on the celebration of 137th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore on May 9 last at Udaipur has triggered fresh controversy in the political circle that hits once again the national headlines.

While BJP hits back to the oppositions for making non-issue as Centre of discussion and undermining the state, CPI (M) and Congress advised the Chief Minister to stop talking, which he is not conversant and not know.

However, Chief Minister Deb refused to make any comment on the controversy and requested oppositions to contribute in the process of development keeping aside unnecessary discussion to divert the attention of the people of the state.

A video went viral in social media for last two days where Chief Minister Deb said Rabindra Nath Tagore "returned his Nobel Prize in protest against the British".

The mistake what Deb committed in the lecture that he misinterpreted the fact, which attracted severe criticism across the country.

For past a month, Tripura Chief Minister has become most controversial politician of India who is being criticised across the globe.

The young groups who were the biggest fan of Biplab Kumar Deb two months ago before assembly election they also turn eyes and become critic of his speech.

Tagore had received the Nobel Prize in 1913 for his work Gitanjali.

However, he did not return the prize in protest.

He refused to accept Knighthood in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.

However, his wrong statement before the school students triggered reaction across the society.

According to BJP leaders, after repeated controversial statements of Biplab Deb that embarrassed party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he was advised not to make extempore speech in the public gathering except political program but again he made the same mistake.

"Of course, Chief Minister is not expected to make such wrong statement and triggered controversy but at the same time it is not wise for responsible political parties to making those an issue of discussion to undermining some individual it would have been better if someone stands in the hall and make it corrected instead of bringing the video in public," stated leading intellectual and opinion maker of Tripura Subal Kumar Dey.

He also mentioned that the video who captured in the hall was a man of Tripura and of course identified the mistake committed by Chief Minister but obviously the person who brought out it in public was intended to offer a tool to the opposition party and help in bad naming the state.

Before criticising Chief Minister or any political leader for such unintended issues, the people of the state should feel for such unnecessary issues Tripura has been getting publicity for wrong reasons.

Since 90's Tripura has been getting coverage either for insurgency, brutality, bloodshed, corruption and maladministration and now time has come to stop these, Dey added.

The CPI (M) state secretary Bijan Dhar said that Chief Minister Biplab Deb should not bring more embarrassment for the state rather he must well prepare for public lecture.

Pradesh congress vice president Tapas De said that people voted BJP in power for envisioning good things to happen but now it goes reverse.

Meanwhile, BJP Vice president Subal Bhowmik said the party did not want to concentrate on such non issues.

The government is striving hard to build the state in next three years and these are the issues no way helps the state to develop.


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  • Anumakonda Jagadeesh

    Yet another Cheap Jibe from Tripura Chief Minister. Does this man wants to be in the news too often by speaking some non sense? Tagore did not return the Nobel prize. He returned kinghthood in protest against the Jalianwalabagh massacre. CITATION FROM NOBEL PRIZE SITE: Another misconception needs to be cleared - Nobel for Literature is not given for any particular book, like the Booker prize or Pulitzer prize etc. It is given to an author for his or her entire life’s work. It is a common misconception with many that Tagore got it for Geetanjali. It is completely wrong. The Committee that awarded him the Nobel did not mention it anywhere in their speech that he was being awarded for Geetanjali. However, they did praise the Geetanjali in their presentation speech. They praised various other books by him as well - both poetry and prose. The Nobel Prize in Literature 1913 Rabindranath Tagore - Facts Born: 7 May 1861, Calcutta, India Died: 7 August 1941, Calcutta, India Residence at the time of the award: India Prize motivation: "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West" Field: poetry Language: Bengali and English Prize share: 1/1 Work Rabindranath Tagore's writing is deeply rooted in both Indian and Western learning traditions. Apart from fiction in the form of poetry, songs, stories, and dramas, it also includes portrayals of common people's lives, literary criticism, philosophy, and social issues. Rabindranath Tagore originally wrote in Bengali, but later reached a broad audience in the West after recasting his poetry in English. In contrast to the frenzied life in the West, his poetry was felt to convey the peace of the soul in harmony with nature. MLA style: "Rabindranath Tagore - Facts". Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 11 May 2018. Tailpiece: If Rabindranath Tagore returned the Nobel Prize,the Nobel Prize Site might have removed his name. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP)
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