Nirmala Sitharaman's Response To Twitter User Who Called Her "Sweetie"

Nirmala Sitharaman took to Twitter to mark Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary with one of his quotes.

Nirmala Sitharaman's Response To Twitter User Who Called Her 'Sweetie'

Nirmala Sitharaman shut down a man who addressed her as "sweetie" in a tweet.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman shut down a man who addressed her as "sweetie" in a tweet in which he accused her of misquoting Swami Vivekanand.

On Sunday, Ms Sitharaman, 60, 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 tell Ms Sitharaman 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.

Ms Sitharaman's response was praised by many as "dignified", while others criticised Mr Ghose's use of the term "sweetie".

Nirmala Sitharaman will present the first full year Budget on February 1, 2020.

Last week, her office put out several tweets in response to critics who questioned her absence at a pre-budget meeting in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with top economists.

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