It was a tweet from the official PMO handle on Thursday, February 8 that once again proved why punctuation is so important and got the Twitter talking. This is a tweet that the PMO India handle put out quoting a line from Modi’s speech in the Upper House over ensuring quality healthcare for the poor. However, the lack of comma completely changed the meaning of the sentence.
What the Prime Minister’s team meant was, "Let us work together in providing the poor, quality and affordable healthcare."
The ever-vigilant netizens didn’t waste any time to school the PM on the necessity and importance of grammar lessons.
Do we need to provide "Poor quality health care" in affordable price ... Or Affordable and a quality health care for the Poor...???— Gulnas Fathima (@gulfathima7693) February 7, 2018
Hon'ble PM with due respect, revised & reframed sentence is appended as below. Earlier sentence was conveying opposite meaning instead of the intended meaning.— Bharat Sharma (@BharatSharma_) February 7, 2018
Let us work together in providing the quality and affordable healthcare to poor: PM @narendramodi
Providing poor quality healthcare: Truth cannot be hidden.— Dr.SimanchallaRanjit (@dr_simanchalla) February 8, 2018
Did he really mean POOR QUALITY?— Dr Uma Ch. Panigrahi (@Dr_Maj_UCP) February 7, 2018
When you tweet too much, you can make such mistakes. Unless your account is hacked.— Kandarp Nirmal (@kandarp83) February 8, 2018
Lets work together in providing the poor quality healthcare.— Junny. (@Junnyslife047) February 8, 2018
*It is already there, you don't need to work* https://t.co/lQAf1FOtxa
The jokes write themselves. https://t.co/Gj6lykDYTM— nutanc (@nutanc) February 8, 2018
hein?? https://t.co/2QvpgZd5sN— LoneIsTheNewHot (@chandnisahu30) February 7, 2018
This is what happens when you forget punctuation. 😂😂 https://t.co/xYcCfCee46— Abhiram (@NotSoCoolDa) February 8, 2018
And that’s why kids, education is important. Don’t let illiterates and uneducated guide you. 👇 https://t.co/I3JVAyatWB— Is Mir Egal (@coolredwine) February 8, 2018
Bhai poor ke baad comma lagana tha— Megh (@Megh1729) February 7, 2018
Abhi tho isse aapki party ka kaam maloom hota hain
It should be good quality not poor quality ,respected sir sorry if I am wrong !— Amit (@Amit69879387) February 7, 2018
What did I just read?? Poor quality and affordable healthcare??— Sasikumar Sambandam (@sasi_sam) February 7, 2018
The English sentence is wrong please correct it and resubmit . Thx— Sudhindra_SAN (@sudhir_san16) February 7, 2018
Punctuation missing hai bhai— Rohit D Luffy (@Rohit92273563) February 7, 2018
Sir pls chk tweet it says poor quality& affordable health care. # delete the tweet— chandrashekhar paras (@chandrachief) February 7, 2018
Sack whoever wrote this tweet for you! Loool. Poor quality and affordable healthcare!!!!! No PM in the world makes such promises in their manifesto!— Abdurrahman Sufi (@sufi_1991) February 7, 2018
This wasn’t a monopoly for Tweeple as soon enough, Modi's tweet became a raging topic of discussion on Reddit as well.
Now you call it irony or fate, Penguin Random House recently published a book called Exam Warriors which is written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 193-page book offers 25 'mantras' to help students cope with the pressure of examinations and includes chapter like 'Exams are like festivals -- celebrate them!', 'Exams test your current preparation, not you. Chill!', 'Be a warrior, not worrier!', 'Knowledge is permanent--pursue it', 'Compete -- with yourself', and 'To cheat is to be cheap'.