Railway and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal was criticised by Twitterati when he insinuated that Einstein discovered gravity at a Board of Trade meeting, on Thursday, September 12.
Goyal's statement was made in an attempt to defend the Central Government from allegations of a nation-wide economic slowdown.
Going into a rant against GDP calculations, Goyal said, "Don't get into calculations that you see on television...don't get into those maths."
"Maths never helped Einstein discover gravity," he added.
The Union Minister further said, "If he had only gone through structured formulae and what was past knowledge, I don't think there would have been any innovation in the world."
The video of the incident soon went viral on Twitter and spurred several reactions from users of the micro-blogging site.
One user wrote, "Why should Nirmala have all the fun? Piyush Goyal has just delivered a blockbuster dialogue..."
Former Finance Minister @PiyushGoyal is correct, Einstein did not require maths to discover gravity, but Sir Isaac Newton did.— Congress (@INCIndia) 12 September 2019
FYI, maths is also required to #FixTheEconomy. pic.twitter.com/Nr3QyYbPpA
While one user commented, "This government is becoming a joke," another user posted, "Former Finance Minister Piyush Goyal is correct, Einstein did not require maths to discover gravity, but sir Isaac Newton did. FYI, maths is also required to #FixTheEconomy."
Piyush Goyal just revealed why he does not do his homework before coming to Press Conferences?#PastKnowledgeWontHelp— Thhutopia, LLC. (@contrainception) 12 September 2019
Did Piyush Goyal get his CA degree from Yell? pic.twitter.com/J9ltLzXfBA— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) 12 September 2019
It can be recalled that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also faced criticism recently when she insinuated that "Millenials" were to blame for the reduction in automobile sales.
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