Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb is back in the news with his latest gaffe, saying that Rabindranath Tagore had given away the Nobel Prize to protest the misrule of the British, reported DNA.
Deb was attending a function in Udaipur to mark birth anniversary of Tagore.
Fact: Tagore did receive the Nobel Prize for poetry in 1913. In fact, Tagore was knighted by the ruling British Government in 1915, but within a few years he resigned the honour as a protest against British policies in India.
Deb seems to have clearly mixed the two instances.
Twitterati, obviously, was in splits, giving history lessons to the Chief Minister.
Biplab Deb is back!— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) May 10, 2018
The fool says Rabindranath Tagore rejected the Nobel Prize!
You can't keep a good Sanghi down for too long!?
(Incidentally, the Nobel Prize in Literature 1913 was awarded to Rabindranath Tagore)
Biplab is back!— faiz (@zules7172) May 10, 2018
In Udaipur on Rabindra Jayanti said: Rabindranath Tagore hd given away his Noble prize in protest against the British.
Deb babu, Rabindranath Tagore wrote letter to Chelmsford, repudiating his Knighthood in protest for Jalianwalla Bagh massacre. Not Noble Prize. pic.twitter.com/8hzbsvXhEi
Tagore won the Nobel Prize from Swedish Academy ..— Shuvankar Mukherjee (@shuvankr) May 10, 2018
And Biplab Deb says, he returned it to the British in protest .. #ROFL
Na ye History jaanta hai, na ye Literature jaanta hai ..
Pada-likha kuch nahi .. Putla toda 8 aana ..
Bipalab Deb is back!#RabindraNathTagore rejected nobel prize 2 oppose #British & condemn #jaliwanwalabagh massacre :-):-)— Md Khalid Ahmad (@khalid_jayhind) May 10, 2018
In reality Tagore rejected #Knighthood 2 condemn the massacre.#BiplabDeb needs 2 attnd nursery classes :-) #biplabdeblogic #BiplabDebSpeaks#SanghiGyan
And Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb strikes again! He says Rabindranath Tagore had returned his Nobel Prize in protest. I was sad and in low spirits because Biplab da was silent for a few days. But #AchheDin are back and Biplab da is back with his revolutionary style! Huzzah!— Kishor Kunal (@UturnSarkar) May 10, 2018
If there exist any Nobel prize on common sense and general knowledge, this genius will win unanimously. Bravo @BjpBiplab. Thank you @BJPLive for giving us this top-class entertainer. #biplabdeblogic #biplabdeb https://t.co/KVvFyo9N4m via @economictimes— Subhajit Roy (@subhajitedits) May 10, 2018
This isn’t the first time a statement made by the newly appointed Chief Minster is making headlines.
Deb had stated that the Internet and satellite communication existed during the Mahabharata era.
He also questioned the crowning of Diana Hayden as Miss World in 1997.
The Chief Minister also stated that mechanical engineers should not opt for civil services, but civil engineers should.
On Sunday, 29 April, he also said that the educated youth should set up ‘paan shops’ instead of running after political parties to get government jobs.
He also asked youth to explore a career in the dairy field and milk cows.
(With inputs from DNA and IANS)
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