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
mahesh sharma, Brendon McCullum, McCullum, new zealand, john key, culture minister, new zealand prime minister, latest news, siddharth malhotra New Zealand Prime Minister John Key chatting with Culture & Tourism Minister, Mahesh Sharma at the India- New Zealand Tourism Promotion Event in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI Photo)

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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First Published on: October 27, 2016 5:55 pm
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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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                    mark
                    Oct 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm
                    BJP walas are beating Rahul hi in his own game. Kudos.
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                      mark
                      Oct 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm
                      That depends. Do you and BJP believes in meritocracy or mobocracy. From all the evidence so far, it looks like BJP and RSS believes in mobocracy
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                        mark
                        Oct 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm
                        you did not add anti national. Obviously, anyone calling a spade a spade is an anti national.
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                          bitterhoney
                          Oct 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm
                          Modiji ke darbar mein ek se ek keemti naginey hein.
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                            nitin
                            Oct 28, 2016 at 4:28 am
                            If a minister in the Cong-UPA Govt had made a similar gaffe , lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;modi CheerGirls would have been jumping like monkeys , heaping abuses on them and Dr.MMS and accused them of embarring India.
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                              Kabir
                              Oct 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm
                              That is alright, we dont expect much from any of the BJP ministers anyway. This is not even a big mistake as such to give any importance neither the minister.
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                                Kim Sharma
                                Oct 28, 2016 at 6:31 am
                                No surprises here as the world knows most BJP ministers are narrow-minded lumpens, buffoons and duds. A govt of such gross men and women need glossy ads and marketing campaigns to cover up inaction and botched up work.
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                                  Kim Sharma
                                  Oct 28, 2016 at 6:38 am
                                  Pls forgive Mahesh Sharma. How else should a member of Modi, India's basest PM, behave? Yada raja tatha mantri! Who can forget Ham Panch Hamara Pachees comment of your leader? Hasn't he got those videos deleted with US help?
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                                    Kim Sharma
                                    Oct 28, 2016 at 7:10 am
                                    The Modi govt survives only because of Modi's charisma and ample majority of BJP in Lok Sabha. A weak leader with slender majority would have collapsed already when morons like Mahesh Sharma and Iranis are a majority in the ministry. The overall performance of the govt is pathetic as it fails in execution, though as always the govt is good at exaggerating even non-events. A govt shouldn't be judged by the lack of major corruption scandals. How can an inert, inactive govt get soiled in corruption scandals so early? Manmohan was silent, but the UPA govt was good at execution. True, corruption scandals as well as Modi hype did it in. Modi govt should be judged by the promises and the dream it sold to voters. Isn't the recurring, daily attacks on the border enough prove that the Modi govt is the worst Indian govt ever? Even this failure could have been condoned if the govt had performed at a moderate level on the economic front, at least.
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                                      Ashok Mazumdar
                                      Oct 27, 2016 at 3:27 pm
                                      All Fuddus. MA and PhDs From Somalia and Syria.
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                                        Ashok Mazumdar
                                        Oct 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm
                                        All Jokers Competing to Prove,lt;br/gt;Who is The Most Stupidlt;br/gt;Joker in the World.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Guiness Book Must Give them Certificates like Gooooogle
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                                          Ashok Mazumdar
                                          Oct 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm
                                          It is like - " Hafeed Saeed Indian Hai ", correcting " Hafeed Shaheed stani Guuuunda Hai "lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then " Hafta Nahi Maangaa " ADHM ke liye.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Moron - Cull-Tural Mantri with 150 Santrees.
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                                            Ashok Mazumdar
                                            Oct 27, 2016 at 5:48 pm
                                            No Yaar, he wants to be Addressed as Mr. Barak Osama . Apne aap samajh lo, jo bhi Samajh na hai. Kyoki- mujhe Kuch Nahi Pata.
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