After Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement on Tuesday that the auto sector slowdown was because of millennials, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday that mathematical calculations of growth cannot be used to determine how the economy will grow to a $5 trillion one.
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.”
Soon after the video started going viral, ‘Einstein’ and ‘Newton’ became the top trends on Twitter India. And very similar to Sitharaman’s statement, Goyal too was meted out the meme-treatment.
Einstein when he was told that he discovered gravity. pic.twitter.com/7fnxNh7vnZ
— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) September 12, 2019
1. Einstein didn’t discover gravity.
2. Newton did.
3. Gravity was discovered based on Mathematical work of laws of motion, not falling apple. pic.twitter.com/9Ydsw8FE2W
— Sumit Kashyap (@sumitkashyapjha) September 12, 2019
Why should Nirmala have all the fun? Piyush Goyal has just delivered a blockbuster dialogue
“Don’t get into calculations about the economy. Don’t get into maths. Maths never helped Einstein discover Gravity” 🙄
Millennials and Maths are the problem. Not Modi Govt. Understood? pic.twitter.com/JCoCIbdoxp
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) September 12, 2019
Earlier, after Sitharaman’s statements, ‘#BoycottMillenials’ had started trending, blaming millenials for…well, everything.
While we are still unsure about whether the auto industry slowdown can actually be blamed on millennials using Ola and Uber, we know one industry they’re not slowing down: making memes on Twitter.
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