When I visited the Nobel Prize Museum at Stockholm on July 20, I had not expected a surprise of such a strange variety from a supposedly elite institution in their Royal Palace campus.
They have done well in projecting attainments of scientists quite a few of them already accomplished by Bharatiya scientists in indigenous labs in Bharata much before and the award denied to them. Documentary on two Irish Nobel laureate ladies eradicating insurrection within six months of their ‘holy’ movement in Ireland sounded like a Tin Tin comic.
I was baffled to see socks, shoes of Nobel awardees, hand-towel of Shirin Ebadi, pictures of bicycle ride of Amartya Sen through Mamata Banerjees Bengal (to study difference between famished baby girls and boys !!), black evening gown of Elizabeth Blackburn who ‘successfully’ switched over to red gown just before the Nobel banquet, ‘star-studded’ wedding gown of Nadia Murad and several more.
On ‘loan’ are displayed ceremonial dresses of ‘married couple’ Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo described as “Esther Duflo wore a choli, which is a waist length, short-sleeve blouse, and a sari. A sari is a long piece of fabric that is worn draped around the body. Abhijit Banerjee wore a kurta (a shirt) with a dhoti (a draped menswear garment) and a black bandhgala ( jacket).” By that time I was so disgusted, I didn’t care to find out whether their undergarments too were included !!
In a separate display board appeared dried and preserved variety of fish, prawns, lobsters, insects served for dinner and required cutlery, crockery etc. in a different section. How could they ignore Royal dress with multi-coloured medallions worn by Swedish King for the award ceremony ?
What do these items have to do with accomplishments of genuine and not so genuine Nobel awardees ?? Museum should have restricted itself to Nobel award winning achievements only. Hilarious and disgusting, both equally.