Union Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal drew a bizarre analogy Thursday as he sought to undermine concerns about the economic slowdown.
As he offered his remarks at a meeting, Goyal said it wasn’t maths that had “helped Einstein discover gravity”. His comment goes against the accuracy meter on many counts.
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 maths that you see on television. Oh, if you look at a five-trillion economy, the country will have to grow at 12 per cent. Today it is growing at 6-7 per cent. Don’t get into those maths. Those maths never helped Einstein discover gravity. If he had only gone by structured formulae and what was past knowledge, I don’t think there would have been any innovation in this world.”
Piyush Goyal has immediately become the part of twitter trolls with social media users making memes on his bizarre statement.