The Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Deb seems to have failed to take lessons from his previous mistakes. The Chief minister has claimed that Rabindranath Tagore had returned his Nobel Prize to protest against British rule in India.
“Rabindranath Tagore had given his Nobel Prize in protest against the British,” Deb is seen telling her audience in a video circulating on social networks. Deb was speaking at a function in Udaipur to mark the anniversary of Tagore’s birth. Tagore received the Nobel Prize in 1913. Deb apparently confused the fact with Tagore’s refusal to be knighted in protest against the Jalianwalla Bagh massacre in 1919. Leaders of the opposition Congress and the Communist Party of India and Marxists criticized Deb for the comments The leader of the Congress, Gopal Roy, said that the Chief Minister was not aware of any issues.
“For Deb’s incorrect comments about Tagore’s Nobel Prize, the people of Tripura were ashamed: the poet visited the state seven times between 1899 and 1926,” the CPI-M central committee member and writer told the media. Gautam Das.
He said that Deb has “crossed all the limits of foolishness”. The official of the chief minister in special service (OSD) Sanjay Mishra clarified Deb’s position saying that he had made a mistake. “The intention of the Chief Minister was not bad, this is just a mistake,” said Mishra.