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‘Baul’ Singer Pradip Bauri arrested for theft of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize Medal in 2004

After 12 years from the theft of Tagore's Nobel Medallion, finally the case experiences some progress!

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Kolkata, Nov 25, 2016: A ‘baul’ singer has been taken into police custody for his suspected association in the theft of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize medal in 2004, a CID officer stated today.

Pradip Bauri, a folk singer, was picked up by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) from Ruppur village in Birbhum district earlier this month, the official said on condition of anonymity, mentioned PTI.

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“We are almost sure about his involvement. He arranged safe passage for others to move stolen items from Santiniketan to somewhere else. Though he has denied it we have decided to put him under narco-analysis test on Wednesday. We have already received court permission,” said the SIT official.

Bauri was locked up for nearly two weeks by the CBI during its investigation into the case.

PTI reports mentioned, it was clear after questioning Bauri that he had knowledge of the entire episode and others involved in the heist, he said.

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Bauri, who had presided over the gram panchayat of Ruppur from 1998 to 2003 had provided shelter to the culprits involved in stealing the medal and also helped them disappear, believe officials

Following his enquiry, it has been disclosed that a Bangladeshi national, Mohammed Hossain Shipul, was the mastermind of the plan and two Europeans were also involved in it, the SIT officer added.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had declared in August that if the state government was given the responsibility, it could try to retrieve the Nobel medallion stolen from a museum of Visva Bharati University. The medal has great historical and cultural value as it was the first Nobel Prize won by an Indian; but from a patriotic view, Tagore’s Nobel Medal is simply priceless, mentioned PTI.

Along with the medal, Tagore’s gold pocket watch, his wife Mrinalini Devi’s gold bangle and antique Baluchari saree, his father Debendranath Tagore’s gold ring, several silver articles, rare paintings besides other awards, and certificates conferred on him were also stolen. In 2005, the Nobel foundation handed over two replicas of the Nobel Prize to Vishwa Bharati University.

Even though CID and later CBI took over this case time and again, but they never had much luck and were compelled to close it down. After a temporary pause, this case was reopened again because of political influence and national interest.

The SIT which arrested Bauri, was formed thereafter with Mamata Banerjee’s enthusiasm and support. It consists of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, ADG of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Rajesh Kumar and IG of CID (II) Javed Shamim.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram with inputs from PTI. Twitter: @dubumerang

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8 must-read works of Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore was a versatile artist who provided an earnest insight into society and humanity with his various short stories, novels, essays, songs, plays, and paintings.

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Rabindranath Tagore was the pioneer of Bengali Literature. Wikimedia Commons
Rabindranath Tagore was the pioneer of Bengali Literature. Wikimedia Commons
  • Rabindranath Tagore was the pioneer of Bengali Literature.
  • He has many landmarks works to his name which continues to inspire masses.
  • His collection of poems, Gitanjali got him the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913.

The Nobel Prize-winning writer, Rabindranath Tagore, also known as Gurudeva or the Bard of Bengal, was the trailblazer of Bengali literature. He possessed literary genius through which he brought a revolution in Bengali literature and music.

A painting by mullti-talented Rabindranath Tagore.
A painting by multi-talented Rabindranath Tagore.

Tagore was a versatile artist who provided an earnest insight into society and humanity through his short stories, novels, songs and paintings. His works even today inspire the masses and young readers and writers. Here is the list of some of his remarkable works:

Gitanjali

One of his best work is a collection of 157 poems called ‘Gitanjali’. The poems in this book vary in their themes, from spirituality to complexities of life. It was originally written in Bengali and was later translated into English. This work was so remarkable that Tagore got a Nobel Prize for it in 1913.

Gitanjali is the landmark work of Tagore. Wikimedia Commons
Gitanjali is the landmark work of Tagore. Wikimedia Commons

 Gitabitan

Rabindranath Tagore was a skilled and sensible songwriter. Throughout his life, he wrote a total of 2230 songs which are popularly known as ‘Rabindra Sangeeth’. The songs were compiled in this exquisite book called ‘Gitabitan.’

Chokher Bali

Chokher Bali or ‘A grain of sand’ is a Bengali novel written by Tagore, which was later translated into English. The story revolves around an extra-marital affair and depicts passion, desires, relationships and honesty in all its complexities. The novel is well known for its portrayal of complexities in a relationship.

Gora 

Rabindranath Tagore wrote 12 novels, and out of these, this one is the longest and most complex. It raises a number of concerns, which are relevant to our nation even today. This book aptly reflects different social standards in colonial India.

Rabindranath Tagore produced many works which changed the literature in India. Image source: buddybyte.com
Rabindranath Tagore produced many works which changed the literature in India. Image source: buddybyte.com

Kabuliwallah(The Fruitseller from Kabul)

The Kabuliwala is about an Afghan vendor who came to Calcutta, trying to earn a living. Along the way, he creates an emotional bond with the narrator’s five-year-old daughter. It is a very touching and heart-warming story which will leave you emotional.

Ghare Baire (The Home and the World)

This book has an autobiographical aspect. It reflects upon the deeper meaning of life by showing the struggles of three individuals. The story represents a war between the western and eastern ideology. Tagore chose Swadeshi Movement as the backdrop for this novel and provided a deep insight into the Bengal history.

The Postmaster

This is another one of Tagore’s work which revolves around the search for the meaning of life. This story of a city man working as a postmaster in a village to earn his living will give you lots of food for thought. The story represents loneliness in a beautifully haunting way.

Shesher Kabita

This novel was first released in a serialised form in the magazine ‘Probashi’. It was published as a book in the year 1928. The translated version of the book is called ‘The Last Poem’ and ‘Farewell song’ in English. The book portrays the platonic love of a matured couple and its complication. It is an epic love saga.