Union Minister Piyush Goyal Clarifies His ‘Einstein Discovered Gravity’ Remark

Off late, desi Twitter has been directing its ironic sense of humour towards Union ministers and their statements. First, they protested against Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attributing “millennial mindset” to the slowdown in the automobile sector. And then they took down Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal for crediting the discovery of gravity to Albert Einstein instead of Isaac Newton.

According to NDTV, in his closing comments at a meeting with the Board of Trade in New Delhi, he had said,

“If you’re looking at a five trillion dollar economy, the country will have to grow at 12%. Today it’s growing at 6%. Don’t get into those maths. Those maths have never helped Einstein discover gravity… If you’d only gone by structured formulae and what was past knowledge, I don’t think there would have been any innovation in this world.”

Later, Mr. Goyal issued a clarification regarding his gaffe saying that he was being quoted out of context. Take a look.

Hindustan Times quoted him saying,

“There is a very mischievous and baseless narrative sought to be presented about my closing comments at the board of trade meeting this morning.”

He further added, “I was making a comment about encouraging Indian industry/Indian business to aspire for a one trillion dollar export target within the next five years and to encourage and enthuse the exporter community.”

But people were not impressed by his explanation. They rued the fact that he had failed to come forward and accept his error.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump goofed up at the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting by referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook as ‘Tim Apple’.

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