Biplab Deb Commits Another Gaffe Says Rabindranath Gave Away Nobel Prize


Agartala: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb has committed another embarassing gaffe. Speaking at a function in Udaipur to mark birth anniversary of Tagore, Tripura CM said that Rabindra Nath Tagore had given away Nobel prize award to protest the misrule of Britishers. He also said Gitanjali had conferred the world’s best award to Tagore. In reality, Tagore received his Nobel Prize for his collection of poems in Gitanjali.

Also, Tagore had given away his Knighthood in 1919 to protest against the Jalianwala Bagh killings. Tripura CM probably got both the two events mixed up. However, this is not the first time that Biplab has hit the headlines for factually incorrect statements. In his short stint as CM, Deb has made several faux pas.

While addressing a gathering during the Civil Service Day at Pragyna Bhavan, , ‘After pursuing mechanical engineering, one should not go for civil services. Instead, civil engineers should join civil services as they have the knowledge and experience to help build administration and society.

Deb made headlines when he claimed that internet and satellite were not something new but existed since the Mahabharata era, and continued to stand by his claim. Recently, he remarked that Miss World 1997 Diana Hayden did not deserve the crown but won because of “international fashion mafias.” Following the backlash, Deb said he regretted his remarks.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also had suggested the youth of the state, especially the educated section, not to run behind politicians for government jobs, rather become self-employed by starting various projects under the animal resource sector with bank loans, under the Prime Minister’s Mudra scheme.