Biplab Deb makes his comeback with a Tagore gaffe

A video has surfaced where Tripura chief minister, Biplab Kumar Deb stated that Rabindranath Tagore had given away his Noble prize in protest against the British.

Mr Deb made these remarks at a function in Udaipur to mark the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. While speaking on Rabindra Jayanti he said, ” Tagore returned his Nobel award in protest against the British.”

The fact is that Tagore had never returned the Nobel Prize he won for poetry in 1913. Deb could have been confused with Tagore denying Knighthood in protest against the Jalianwalla Bagh massacre in 1919.

Deb recently kick-started a controversy when he said internet existed in the days of epic Mahabharata. Interestingly, he never retracted that statement.

Deb later said that said all international fashion and design contest organized in Paris are run by “international marketing mafia”. He said international businessmen took advantage of the fact that Indians are winning beauty pageants in a row.

A few weeks back, he offered advice that raised many eyebrows. “Graduates shouldn’t run after government jobs, they should start paan shop instead,” he declared.

Mr Deb’s gaffes have become an almost daily embarrassment for the BJP since he took over two years ago as the BJP’s Tripura chief.

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