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The world 'according to Rahul Gandhi' - Coca-Cola founder as 'shikanji' seller, McDonald's founder as 'dhaba wala'

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today cited the examples of successful American entrepreneurs to attack Narendra Modi's policies but took the analogies too far by describing the of as a 'shinkanji seller' and that of a 'dhaba wala'.

He also said the founders of Ford, and were 'mechanics' whose skills were recognised by the meritocratic system in their countries and allowed them to prosper.

Addressing a convention of OBC workers of the Congress, sought to emphasise the point that the ignored skills and talent and did not provide the right opportunities to backward classes with entrepreneurial drive.

In that context, he talked about the founders of world-renowned companies such as and

"Everyone must have heard about the company. Who started this company. Who was he, does anyone know? I will tell you who he was. The person who started was one who sold 'shikanji'. He used to sell 'shikanji' in He used to mix sugar in water. His experience and talent was honoured and he got money and started

"You must have heard about company, which is seen everywhere. Who started it and what did he do? He used to run a 'dhaba' (roadside restaurant). You show me that 'dhaba-walla' in who has created a company like Coca-Cola. Where is it?"

went on to ask the gathering if they had heard of the company, and and who had started them.

"It was a and were mechanics. You show me an automobile company in that was started by a Where is it? It is not that our people, our 'dhaba-wallahs' do not have sense and strength. It is not that India's mechanics did not have the potential as that of or It is that if the doors of are open for Ford, Mercedes, then the doors of banks and politics are shut for our 'dhabawalas', mechanics and 'dhobis' and other backwards," he said at the convention.

However, his remarks failed to achieve the desired results, at least on social media, with the hashtag "#AccordingToRahulGandhi" becoming an immediate hit and one of the top Twitter trends, as thousands mocked him in various creative ways, using pictures, cartoons and graphics.

Someone also 'tampered' with the Wikipedia page of John Pemberton, the American who is best known as the developer and of Coca-Cola. In the first paragraph of the Wikipedia page, someone had added: "He used to sell lemonade (Shikhanji) in his earlier days along with Gandhi family."

However, this flippant addition was removed shortly afterwards.

The Wikipedia page made no mention of Pemberton ever being involved in the lemonade business.

It describes Pemberton, who lived from July 8, 1831 to August 16, 1888, as a who in May 1886 developed an early version of a that would later become world-famous as Coca-Cola. He sold his rights to the drink shortly before his death.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 18:30 IST