Rabindranath Tagore Returned Nobel Prize in Protest Against British: Tripura CM

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Mr Deb made these remarks at a function in Udaipur to mark birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Added to his growing list of controversial statements, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday said that the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore had given away his Nobel Prize to protest against British misrule.

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. "Who does not know that Tagore renounced knighthood to show his strong protest against the massacre the British committed at the Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab in 1919", Congress leader Rahul Saha told The Hindu. He also said Gitanjali had conferred the world's best award to Tagore. Well, this is not the first time that Tripura CM Deb has made headlines over his freaky comments.

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. Tagore had very much accepted the Nobel Prize that he was awarded in the field of literature in 1913 and also being knighted by the British government in 1915.

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The chief minister had also questioned the crowning of Diana Hayden as "Miss World" in 1997 and alleged that global beauty contests were a farce.

The minister also advised the youth of the nation that they should not run behind politicians for government jobs and rather be self-employed by starting their own business. As per reports, the CM of Tripura said, "He said, "Every household should have a cow". Milk costs Rs 50 per litre.

"India is using internet since several lakhs years".

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