New Delhi, Aug 11: While launching the “Digital North East Vision 2022” document in Guwahati on Saturday, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal made a blunder by calling Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as ‘Pandit Ravi Shankar’. Sonowal began his speech saying, “I would like to especially thank Pandit Ravi Shankarji.”Also Read - 'Depressed Man' Kills Five In Agartala. Police Inspector Among Those Dead
Listening to Sonowal addressing him as Pandit, the Union Minister, who was seated on the dais, responded, “Ah, you made me Pandit!” which evoked a roar of laughter from the audience. Also Read - Major Setback to Congress in Meghalaya: Former CM Mukul Sangma, 11 Other MLAs Join TMC
Sonowal’s counterparts from Meghalaya and Tripura, and various other ministers and senior bureaucrats also laughed at Prasad’s instant reaction. The reaction led Sonowal to rectify his blunder by mentioning Prasad’s proper name and designation. Also Read - Wow! THIS River in India is One of The World’s Cleanest Rivers - Check Stunning Pics
In the end, while concluding the speech, Assam Chief Minister came up with an excuse to cover up the blooper. Chief Minister Sonowal said, “I am sorry for calling you (Prasad) in that way. But whenever I pronounce your name, I have the tendency to call you as Pandit. God has been kind enough to bless you with such wisdom, maturity and courage. You do everything so sincerely. I always feel so (addressing you as Pandit).”
Pandit Ravi Shankar was an Indian musician well known for composing Hindustani classical music. The sitar maestro passed away in 2012.
The ‘Vision Document’ released by Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday aims at making North East digital by 2022, so as to enhance peoples’ lives. Prasad said that a cloud hub will be created for North East in Guwahati that will have a building with a capacity of 50,000 government staff who will use digital technologies, including Goods and Services Tax and payment platforms.