If Union Minister of Railways and Commerce Piyush Goyal is to be believed, we are under a lot of gravitational debt....of Albert Einstein's. Because he discovered gravity. Oh no! We don't say it. Piyush Goyal says it.
And that is not all.
Maths did not help him do that.
We kid you not. And we cannot keep calm.
It so happened that the Minister, while attending a Board of Trade meeting recently, said, and we are not kidding, that Maths didn't help Einstein discover gravity.
His exact words were: "Don't get into the calculations that you see on television. If you look at a 5 trillion economy, the country will have to grow at 12 per cent, today its growing at 6-7 per cent, don't get into those maths."
He went further: "Maths never helped Einstein discover gravity."
Whatttt?!?!??!?!?!?!? Well, to be fair, he was right.
Maths might have helped Isaac Newton discover gravity.
But Indians are a doubtful bunch. They have since wanted to cross check their own memory and knowledge.
On Wednesday, Newton and Einstein became the top trends in India and thousands of citizens looked up who discovered gravity.
In the Twitterverse, the inhabitants also couldn't keep calm.
The Union minister even issued a clarification, but not before he was mercilessly burnt. He, in his clarification note, said, "The comment that I made had a certain context. Unfortunately, some friends have sought to remove the context, pickup one line and create a very mischievous narrative."
Union Minister Piyush Goyal's clarification on his recent comments: The comment that I made had a certain context. Unfortunately some friends have sought to remove the context, pickup one line and create a very mischievous narrative. https://t.co/34nn1x3IlS pic.twitter.com/iK7UyU8Q12— ANI (@ANI) September 12, 2019
Einstein when he was told that he discovered gravity. pic.twitter.com/7fnxNh7vnZ— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) September 12, 2019
Chhoti chhoti khushiyaan!
Abb yeh kaun kiya?
Stop mocking @PiyushGoyal ! It's a well known fact that maths didn't help Einstein to discover gravity. He discovered it when he saw Ola charges coming down after a surge.— Rofl Gandhi 2.0 (@RoflGandhi_) September 12, 2019
Congress had to have a say. Na?
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
Congress social media team on an overdrive.
Invent? This deserved a separate story. But our focus is currently on gravity. We are down-to-earth :D
Achchha, how about Newton reacting? We feel you, sir.
Cannot be clearer than this.
1. Einstein didn't discover gravity.— Sumit Kashyap (@sumitkashyapjha) September 12, 2019
2. Newton did.
3. Gravity was discovered based on Mathematical work of laws of motion, not falling apple. pic.twitter.com/9Ydsw8FE2W
Goyal jee, run, run! An apple might fall anytime.
Newton, we feel you. We really do.