World-famous poet Rabindranath Tagore got Nobel Prize in 1913 for one of his best writing, ‘Gitanjali.’ He was the first Bengali to get a Nobel Prize, and also he was the first person who got a Nobel in Literature. He was also the first non-Europian person to get a Nobel Prize. It is a very proud and memorable moment for all Indians, especially for all Bengalis.
Including Bangladesh and West Bengal of India. After this bright history, in 2004, something shocking happened with the Nobel Prize of Rabindranath Tagore. Here today, I’m trying to write down what actually happened with Rabindranath’s Nobel. And how did it happened? It is one of the big mysteries in Nobel Prize history.
What Happened With Rabindranath’s Nobel Prize?
The first Bengali Nobel laureate for Gitanjali poetry came in 1913 at the hands of a world poet. The medal was kept at the Bishya-Bharati Museum in Santiniketan, Kolkata. An educational institution built by the poet himself. But due to the lack of security, the Nobel Prize, the first symbol of recognition in the world as a Bengali, was lost. On this night in 2004, at least half a hundred valuables used by the poet were mysteriously stolen from the Rabindra Museum at Uttarayan, Bishya-Bharati University, Bolpur, Birbhum district, West Bengal (Kolkata).
Surprisingly, almost all the intelligence agencies of the Indian government went to the field to investigate, but in the last 9 years, no agency has been able to stop this theft. The CBI, CID, and the state police’s intelligence department have separately investigated the mystery of the theft. Surprisingly, the investigating agencies have so far failed to arrest anyone on suspicion of theft.
How Did This Happen?
On March 25, 2004, Thursday at 10:15 p.m., Santiniketan was at its normal form like all the other days. The students of Bishya-Bharati have taken classes as usual. Suddenly the news spread like lightning that the Nobel Prize of Rabindranath Tagore had been stolen.
Everyone rushed towards Rabindranath’s house in Uttarayan. Not only the Nobel prize but there were also many more useful things of the poet Rabindranath Tagore. This Uttarayan is the Rabindra Museum today. The matter came to the notice of everyone when the staff of the museum opened the door of the museum.
The noise started. Police cordoned off the entire Rabindra Bhavan. But it was already late. From there, silver medals, gold rings, gold buttons, cuff links, Mrinalini Devi’s sari, gold-tied Noah, Nobel Prize-winning silver rekabi, silver coffee cups, samurai swords, coffee cup holders, Chinese chamomiles were stolen. 36 more items were got stolen on that day from the museum of Rabindranath Tagore’s memory.
The day of the theft was March 25, 2004. It was on Wednesday. It was a holiday in Santiniketan. Santiniketan was closed at 1 pm yesterday. The theft took place after opening Rabindra Bhavan on Thursday. But the police are not sure how the theft took place.
The thieves broke in and took up a position before Bishya-Bharati closed on Tuesday. Luggage is removed throughout the night. The thief broke the back window of Rabindra Bhavan and found a broken grill under the wall. Removes luggage through this window.
Police say the thief did not enter through the window. Because, in that case, the window sill had to be broken. Only two NDF personnel were in charge of security in this huge area of Uttarayan. 26 pairs of footprints were found. He had slippers on both his legs again.
But just as that mystery has not yet been recovered. Now it is 2021, almost 17 years passed. And still, no one knows where the Nobel Prize is. The security agencies of India tried so hard but got nothing. It is a big mystery.