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Ill-informed Zee News anchor Aman Chopra chastises a panelist for referring Rabindranath ‘Tagore’ as ‘Thakur’

Written by Vamc Vadranam

West Bengal: Zee News anchor Aman Chopra received a huge backlash on social media when he rebukes a Bengali panelist for saying the Nobel laureate’s surname as Thakur. On December 29 edition of Zee News’s  “Taal Thok Ke: Who is outsider in Bengal”, anchor Aman Chopra  hosts a panel discussion ahead of West Bengal’s assembly elections. (Watch full debate here)

During the discussion, at 3:42, to Aman Chopra’s question TMC leader Banerjee says, those who think ‘Rabindranath Thakur’ was born in Shantiniketan is a outsider. Banerjee was referring to @BJP4Bengal ‘s now deleted tweet which misquoted JP Nadda’s statement (Check Boom‘s fact check for more details) . At this point, Aman Chopra interrupts the TMC leader and tries to correct him repeatedly by saying, “Pahle naam theek se lijiye, aapko naam bhi nai patha. Rabindranath Thakur nahi Rabindranath Tagore hai” (You don’t even know his name, it’s Rabindranath Tagore not Rabindranath Thakur). Banerjee tries to correct him by saying the British used to call the Gurudev as Tagore but it was Rabindranath Thakur. The twitterati trolled Aman Chopra for his ill-informed actions.

A similar incident happened had gone viral when a BJP spokesperson mocked a TMC leader for calling Rabindranath Tagore as Rabindranath Thakur in a Aaj Tak channel debate. However, he was corrected by anchor Rohit Sardana later.

Tagore or Thakur?

The name ‘Tagore’ is an anglicised version of ‘Thakur’. Brahmins across Bengal and in many parts of the India are referred as ‘Thakur”-meaning Holy Lord. The Thakurs have worked with the Britishers in supplying provisions to the foreign ships that sailed up the river. Seeing them referred as Thakurs, the Britishers have naturally assumed the name Thakur was a surname or family name. Unable to pronounce the unfamiliar local names, they have anglicized the name ‘Thakur’ to ‘Tagore’. That is how Rabindranath Thakur became Rabindranath Tagore. The Daily Star’s article “From Thakur to Tagore” talks a great deal about the topic.  Gurudev Rabindranath Thakur is a global icon and the west is more familiar with the name ‘Tagore’.

 

 

 

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