Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman excluded a man who tweeted her as a "treasure" accusing her of misquoting Swami Vivekanand.
On Sunday, 60-year-old Sitharaman went on Twitter to celebrate Swami Vivekananda's birthday with one of his quotes. "Wake up, get up and stop dreaming!" Read part of the excerpt from & # 39; The Awakened India & # 39; by Swami Vivekananda Ms. Sitharaman posted on Twitter.
After the publication of the verse, the minister added that the words come from "The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda IV, pp. 388-89".
In response to the tweet, Twitter user Sanjoy Ghose tried to tell Ms. Sitharaman that she had not used the correct quote.
"@nsitharaman quotes Katha Upanishad & Swamiji's assumption that the saying" wake up "applies," he wrote. "Sweetie, it doesn't stop until your goal of not dreaming is reached."
@nsitharaman Quotes from Katha Upanishad & Swamiji who adopted the saying "Get up". Sweetie, it's "don't stop until you reach your goal", not "don't dream anymore"; unless you warn us about the 2020 budget! ???????? https://t.co/piAWuwpmgy
– sanjoy ghose (@advsanjoy) January 12, 2020
"Get up, wake up and don't stop until you reach your goal" is a slogan inspired by a schloka from Katha Upanishad, popularized by Swami Vivekanand in the late 19th century.
Ms. Sitharaman contradicted Mr. Ghose's claim that she misquoted Swami Vivekanand.
"While he is often quoted in the verse by Katha Upanishad, what I extracted comes from & # 39; The Awakened India & # 39; written in August 1898," she wrote. "By the way, I cited the reference under the verse itself," she added, asking the Twitter user to look it up if they were interested.
Nice that you are interested. While he is often quoted with the verse by Katha Upanishad, what I extracted is from "The Awakened India", written in August 1898 – by the way, I had quoted the reference under the verse itself. Pub of Advaita Ashrama if you are interested. https://t.co/fceSBUxain
– Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) January 12, 2020
Ms. Sitharaman's response was praised by many as "worthy", while others criticized Mr. Ghose's use of the term "sweeter".
Minister gracefully quotes and replies to someone who has made a derogatory and sexist remark against her. Deep respect. https://t.co/w27HE3j4uD
– Sreemoy Talukdar (@sreemoytalukdar) January 12, 2020
It wasn't the right way to talk to you anyway. Such a mockery, regardless of a person's ideology, removes the courtesy of public interaction.
– Navdeep Singh (@SinghNavdeep) January 12, 2020
"Sweetie" and also to the country's FM. Huge respect and more strength for you @nsitharaman madam, for holding your head up under such blatant misogynistic barbs ????
– Vidhya (@vidhya_rams) January 12, 2020
Nirmala Sitharaman will present the first full year budget on February 1, 2020.
Last week, her office published several tweets in response to critics who questioned her absence at a pre-budget meeting where Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with top economists.