Udaipur, May 11: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is back in news for another faux pas. While speaking at a function marking the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore in Udaipur, Biplab Deb said that Tagore, an Indian writer, and poet had given away Nobel prize award to protest the misrule of Britishers, reported DNA. Also Read - Covid-19 Patients in Tripura Are Being Given Books on Swami Vivekananda to Help Overcome Mental Fatigue
He was reported as saying that Gitanjali had conferred the world’s best award to Tagore. However, the reality is that Tagore received his Nobel Prize for Gitanjali, which is his collection of poems. Also Read - Remembering Rabindranath Tagore on His Death Anniversary: 10 Quotes by The Bard of Bengal
In 1919, Tagore forged his knighthood to protest against the Jalianwala Bagh incident. But the CM mixed up both the events. Lately, the Biplab Deb has made several statements that have incited controversies. Also Read - Rabindranath Tagore's 79th Death Anniversary: 8 Interesting Facts About India’s First Nobel Laureate
In an earlier incident on April 28, Biplab Deb stoked another controversy by saying that civil engineers are better suited for civil services than mechanical engineers. “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,” a news agency ANI reported Biplab Deb as saying.
Deb spoke about medical profession as well. He said that “doctors also have an added benefit of utilising their skills in a civil service post.” They can apply their knowledge to treat the sick, he remarked. The minister made the controversial remarks while attending an event organised to mark Civil Service Day in Agartala.