While replying to the ‘Motion of Thanks on the President’s address’ in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, 26 June, read out an Urdu couplet and attributed it to popular Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib.“Taaumra Ghalib yeh bhool karta raha, dhool chehre par thi aaina saaf karta raha,” Modi used these lines while addressing the Parliament.However, lyricist Javed Akhtar was quick to point out that Modi had wrongly attributed the couplet to Ghalib.Akhtar took to Twitter to say, “The sher that the prime minister saheb has quoted in his Rajya Sabha speech is wrongly attributed to Ghalib in the social media. Actually both the lines are not even in the proper meter. (sic)”Was Home Minister Amit Shah Caught Napping in Parliament?The Quint spoke to historian Rana Safvi who said that the sher (couplet) has been wrongly attributed to Ghalib. However, it is not known whose sher is it.“In our lingo, it is called SMS shayari. But it is not Ghalib’s sher,” Safvi said.A Common ErrorHowever, Modi is not the first one to misquote the couplet to Ghalib. Earlier in 2012, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt too had done the same.According to an article by India Today, in March 2012, Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal misquoted the aforementioned couplet to the Urdu poet in the state Assembly.‘Pained by Jharkhand Lynching But Can’t Insult the State’: PM Modi(Not convinced of a post or information you came across online and want it verified? Send us the details on WhatsApp at 9910181818, or e-mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll fact-check it for you. You can also read all our fact-checked stories here.) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.