Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday shut down a Twitter user after he called her “sweetie’’.  On Sunday the minister tweeted on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Key Takeaways

  • Nirmala Sitharaman shut down a troll after he called her ”sweetie”.
  • The Twitter user had suggested that the minister had misquoted  Swami Vivekananda.
  • The Finance Minister’s response was appreciated by other Twitterati.

The Finance Minister’s Tweet

On Sunday she tweeted from her official handle a quote by Swami Vivekananda, “Awake, arise, and dream no more! This is the land of dreams, where Karma. Weaves unthreaded garlands with our thoughts…Be bold, and face. The Truth! Be one with it! Let visions cease…The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda IV, pp 388-89.”

However, soon after she posted the tweet, a Twitter user tried to troll the Finance Minister. He claimed that she had misquoted Swami Vivekananda.

The twitter user retweeted the FM’s tweet by adding, “@nsitharaman quotes from the Katha Upanishad & Swamiji’s adoption of the saying ‘arise awake’. Sweetie its ‘cease not until your goal is reached’ not ‘dream no more’; unless it’s Budget 2020 that you are warning us about!”

In no time, the Finance Minister responded to the user and corrected him. She mentioned in her tweet that the piece was quoted from ‘The Awakened India.’ She, however, ignored the term of her endearment, ‘’sweetie’’.

She wrote in her tweet, “Glad you’re taking an interest. While he is oft-quoted w/the verse from Katha Upanishad, what I’ve excerpted, is from The Awakened India’, written in Aug 1898 BTW, I had cited the reference below the verse itself. Pub by Advaita Ashrama if you’re further interested.”

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Responses By Other Twitter Users

Twitterati were prompt to rise up to the occasion, and many reacted strongly to use of the word “sweetie’’ for addressing the Union Finance Minister. Some Twitter users applauded and appreciated Nirmala Sitharaman’s response too.

Vivekananda’s birth anniversary (12 January) is also celebrated as National Youth Day all over the country. This day is celebrated to honour the teaching and the philosophies of Swami Vivekananda.

Nirmala Sitharaman Asks For Budget Suggestions

Back in December, the Finance Minister asked for 2020 Budget Suggestions on Twitter. And Twitter wasn’t kind to her.

Finance Minister on 16th December started her pre-Budget consultations with different stakeholder groups. The first group was from the digital economy, fintech, and start-ups. The second group was with those from capital markets and the financial sector.

Representatives of the digital sector shared their views on encouraging the setup of data centers, also for pushing digital penetration in rural areas, corporate guarantee to start-ups, and tax exemption for start-up units. In addition, they also spoke about increasing women’s employment along with training youth in skill development with internships at foreign companies, research projects in India.

Nirmala Sitharaman is to present the second budget for the Modi government in Parliament on 1st February 2020.

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Gaurika Taneja is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv

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