Union Minister Mahesh Sharma addresses New Zealand PM as ‘McCullum’ at tourism event

The gaffe happened when Mahesh Sharma began his speech, addressing New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key as "His excellency Prime Minister McCullum".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 9:17 am
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Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma made a faux pas at an event here when he addressed New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key as “McCullum”. The event was organized to promote New Zealand tourism in India and, apart from Sharma and Key, Brendon McCullum, who earlier skippered that country’s cricket team in all three forms of the game, was also present. The gaffe happened when Sharma began his speech, addressing Key as “His excellency Prime Minister McCullum”.

Moments after the minister made the blunder, Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra, who is New Zealand tourism’s ambassador in India, rose to speak but could not recall Sharma’s name. After fumbling for a few seconds, he said wittily “It’s payback time”.

The event was aimed at promoting cultural exchanges between the two countries and, ignoring the mix up, Key said New Zealand is looking forward to having more Indian tourists visiting the nation.

He said getting Malhotra on board was their way of attracting youngsters from India to visit the country which is one of the best destinations for adventure and nature tourism.

Malhotra, who visited New Zealand last year to shoot some promotional videos, was presented an All Blacks (rugby team) jeresy by the Prime Minister and, to honour the foreign dignitary on his India visit, the actor gifted him a handmade lion depicting confidence and power. The 31-year-old actor will be travelling across New Zealand for around 10 days to shoot a new set of promotional videos.

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    IML sood
    Oct 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm
    As if this 'AK' has not committed any mistake in life.These block headed morons have nothing to do except select here and there some deficiencies of others and start ranting as if they are the most learned person but their comments expose their DNAs and upbringings in public life.
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      SubbuI
      Oct 27, 2016 at 1:10 pm
      NALAYAK NMODI MUST BE PROUD OF SUCH JOKERS.BUT NO ONE CAN BEAT CLOWN PARRIKER.MAKE NO MISTAKE.
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        abdul hameed
        Oct 28, 2016 at 6:40 am
        Bunch of buffoons sarkar
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          arc
          Oct 27, 2016 at 7:45 pm
          Bureaucrats always brief their ministers. But what 's the point if the student is a dolt. You can't beat a donkey into a horse. A gadha is always a gadha.
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            arc
            Oct 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm
            Once again Sharmaji proves he is fit to be a Modi minister -- uncultured, uneducated with zilch idea about the world outside his cattleshed. s don't even try to learn things from their bureaucracy, which at least is college educated.
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              K.S.Vasudevan Kumbakonam
              Oct 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm
              Probably when Mr.Sharma goes abroad, he expects to be addressedone as Mr.Tendulkar!
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                Barb Dewyre
                Oct 27, 2016 at 1:17 pm
                Such is the legacy of our government. "Let me have men around me who are fools. Yon Cius has a lean and hungry look". Julius Ceaser in 55 BC and Modi in 2016 AD.
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                  Barb Dewyre
                  Oct 28, 2016 at 10:55 am
                  What's wrong with the PM? Either he is a very poor judge of people or there is a lack of talent in the BJP.
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