The Hush Post|6:45 pm|one-minute-read|
Can you call your finance minister a “sweetie.” Probably, you can’t anyone. However, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman shut down a man who addressed her as “sweetie” in a tweet. He accused her of misquoting Swami Vivekanand.
@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! 😹🙈 https://t.co/piAWuwpmgy
— sanjoy ghose (@advsanjoy) January 12, 2020
On Sunday, Ms Sitharaman took to Twitter to mark Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary with one of his quotes. “Awake, arise, and dream no more!” read part of the excerpt from ‘The Awakened India’ by Swami Vivekananda that Ms Sitharaman posted on Twitter.
After posting the verse, the minister added that the words were taken from “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda IV, pp 388-89”.
Responding to the tweet, Twitter user Sanjoy Ghose tried to educate Ms Sitharaman. He wrote that she did not use the correct quote.
“@nsitharaman quotes from the Katha Upanishad & Swamiji’s adoption of the saying ‘arise awake’,” he wrote. “Sweetie, it’s ‘cease not until your goal is reached’ not ‘dream no more’.”
“Arise, awake, and cease not till the goal is reached” is a slogan, inspired by a shloka from the Katha Upanishad, that was popularised by Swami Vivekanand in the late 19th century.
Ms Sitharaman countered Mr Ghose’s claim that she had misquoted Swami Vivekanand.
“While he is oft-quoted w/the verse from Katha Upanishad, what I’ve excerpted, is from ‘The Awakened India’, written in Aug 1898,” she wrote. “BTW, I had cited the reference below the verse itself,” she added, urging the Twitter user to look it up if interested.