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March 25, 2004, 12:28 PM
Police in the Indian state of West Bengal say the priceless Nobel prize medal of renowned poet and author Rabindranath Tagore has gone missing.
Visitors to the museum dedicated to him in Shantiniketan first noticed the disappearance at daybreak.

The Nobel medal for literature and certificate as well as some personal possessions were taken from a locked showcase in the museum.

Tagore became the first non-Westerner to win the literature prize in 1913.

West Bengal's Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya - a fan of the poet who is said to mean the same to Bengalis as Shakespeare to the English - described the theft as a "horrible incident".

"We will arrest the culprits and recover the Nobel Prize at any cost," he said.

Police have been sent from Calcutta to aid the investigation into the break-in.

A wristwatch, several rare paintings and gold medals were among the items taken, though no manuscripts by the poet who lived from 1861 to 1941 are missing.

The museum, part of the Visva Bharati university which was founded by Tagore in 1921, was closed on Wednesday and it is unclear exactly when the items were stolen.

Tagore is one of modern India's greatest poets and composer of both the Indian and Bangladeshi national anthems.

There are elements - particularly among Islamists in Bangladesh - who are opposed to Tagore's largely secular legacy.

But poets, scholars, filmmakers, politicians and literature buffs all expressed profound shock and dismay at the incident on Thursday.

"What do I say? This is a very serious incident," said acclaimed filmmaker Mrinal Sen.

He hoped that the authorities would take swift steps to find the stolen articles. "A thing like this shouldn't have happened."


Sankho Ghosh, a Bengali poet, denounced the theft: "This is a national disaster."


[Edited on 25-3-2004 by rezwan1977]

March 25, 2004, 01:05 PM

There are elements - particularly among Islamists in Bangladesh - who are opposed to Tagore's largely secular legacy.


BBC ekta formula paise, Indiate kiso golmal hoile eita hoito pakistam othoba bangladesher islamister upor sondeho falibo. Are bhai kolkata te bhukha fokirer obhab ase naki?Dhuti zara dite thaken paia zaiben jinishpotro.:lol:

March 25, 2004, 01:49 PM
If anything at all, Muslims have always commended the Nobel Laurate's vision of secularism. His secularism is bench marked against Hindu fundementalists, and not the Muslim one's.

BBC personnel should seriously be lynched from time to time for such outright lies.