After Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement on Tuesday that the auto sector slowdown was because of millennials, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has tapped into the same anti-millenial sentiment.
At a meeting for the Board of Trade, the former Finance Minister seems to have gone viral on Twitter after an embarrassing gaffe.
Addressing a question on how India is supposed to become a $5-trillion economy at the current rate, he defended the percentage the economy is supposed to grow at.
“Don’t get into the calculations that you see on television,” Goyal is heard saying in the viral video. “If you look at a $5 trillion-economy, the country will have to grow at 12%, today its growing at 6%-7%, don’t get into those maths,” he adds.
But this wasn’t all. Goyal continued, “…Maths never helped Einstein discover gravity.”
Here’s how the internet gave it back to him
Son: Papa, Maths ka exam hai, thoda padha do.— Millennial Nirmala Tai (@Vishj05) September 12, 2019
Piyush Goyal: Don't get into maths. Maths never helped Einstein discover Gravity.
Son: But Papa Einstein didn't discover Gravity.
Piyush Goyal: Don't get into Science.#YoPiyushHatesMaths
Kid : Dad ₹1000 chahiye the.— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) September 12, 2019
Dad : Kis liye?
Kid : 200 bus ke kiraye ke liye aur 400 ki book Leni hai.
Dad : Par ye to sirf 600 hue
Kid : don't go by numbers , Maths never helped Einstein discover gravity. #YoPiyushHatesMaths
Newton just turned in his grave and said- Bhai Einstein ye video dekh. pic.twitter.com/31Kf9HnAIm— Scotchy (@scotchism) September 12, 2019
Opindia staff busy in rediscovering the facts from Newton's life to establish that gharwale Newton ko pyar se Einstein bulate the.— Rofl Gandhi 2.0 (@RoflGandhi_) September 12, 2019
If Einstein discovered gravity, what did Newton do? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔— aparna (@FuschiaScribe) September 12, 2019
Former Finance Minister @PiyushGoyal is correct, Einstein did not require maths to discover gravity, but Sir Isaac Newton did.— Congress (@INCIndia) September 12, 2019
FYI, maths is also required to #FixTheEconomy. pic.twitter.com/Nr3QyYbPpA
Einstein discovered gravity (that too without Maths) and Newton saw him do it and stole his idea. pic.twitter.com/4op1W6Ah8A— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) September 12, 2019
Einstein when he was told that he discovered gravity. pic.twitter.com/7fnxNh7vnZ— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) September 12, 2019
.@PiyushGoyal gives a clarification on his comments and corrects himself by saying "Math did help "Einstein" to discover Gravity".— Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) September 12, 2019
The Minister still doesn't have an idea who discovered gravity. pic.twitter.com/yZ5tk8KIui
Einstein just booked Ola/Uber to go meet Newton after hearing #PiyushGoyal revelation but is afraid that CBI might catch him on the way for “non-cooperation” in admitting that Mr Goyal is telling the truth !!— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) September 12, 2019
World : Newton discovered Gravity— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) September 12, 2019
Goyal : Einstein discovered Gravity
Pokhriyal : Hold my beer… pic.twitter.com/yTxtLMYWvC