21:12 GMT02 March 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Minister for Commerce and Industries Piyush Goyal on Thursday became the butt of jokes on social networking platforms after linking Einstein with gravity during an industry body meeting here in New Delhi.

    In a bid to support the central government's target to make India a $5 trillion economy, irrespective of an economic slowdown, the minister said: “Do not get into the calculations that you see on television. Do not get into that maths. Maths never helped Einstein discover gravity".

    The apparent slip of the tongue from the minister came while ignoring the fact that it was not Albert Einstein but Sir Issac Newton who discovered gravity, using the rules of physics as well as mathematics.

    Netizens were quick to flood Twitter with humorous memes and one-liners.

    With nearly 30,000 mentions already, #Einstein was trending on Twitter on Thursday. Other hashtags making the rounds on the subject included #Physics, #Maths and #Newton.

    Taking the opportunity to school the government on the basics of mathematics and physics, India’s opposition party Congress tweeted:


    However, in a bid to pacify the online trolling, while speaking to the media the commerce minister stated that his words are being interpreted without the intended context.

    Even after the minister’s clarification statement, trolls continued to poke fun at the minister.

    This is the second time this week that a statement from a minister has shattered the internet with an avalanche of memes and jokes.

    Earlier this week, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman became a target of trolling after she blamed the “mindset of millennials” for the slump in the Indian auto sector.

    India lost the tag of world’s fastest growing economy earlier this year with China recording 6.2 percent growth rate in April-June whereas India could barely reach 5 percent growth rate in the same period.


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