Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech on April 3 had appealed to the nation that they switch off all their lights at 9pm for 9 minutes on April 5 and light earthen lamps or candles to express solidarity during these trying times of the lockdown.
And of course, people followed the prime minister's call with gusto, but some perhaps a little too enthusiastically. Several parts of the country witnessed bursting of loud firecrackers, that extended way beyond the 9 minutes. Some people also blew conch shells and chants like 'Bharat mata ki jai' and 'jai shree ram'.
And while the majority of the citizens participated in this event which some are calling 'second Diwali', the senseless use of firecrackers did not go down well with many on Twitter. Here's what they had to say:
In 1939, Nazis celebrated 6th anniversary of National Socialism with a torchlight procession.— Zaid (@pindropviolence) April 5, 2020
2020 almost marks 6 years of BJP in the power.
It just couldn't be a mere coincidence.#9pm9minutes #coronavirusindia #covid19 pic.twitter.com/0XGadaHqEa
Firecrackers for nine minutes of silence, well done on understanding the instruction kit, Delhi.— Nilanjana Roy (@nilanjanaroy) April 5, 2020
Stop testing our patience— Poojan Sahil (@poojansahil) April 5, 2020
Start testing for patients#TestKaroNa
It appears that Modi's call for India to turn off the lights in an effort to promote solidarity has caused a lot of fireworks. Literally.— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) April 5, 2020
8000 villages will have to disobey the PM's order to turn off the lights. They have no electricity. #LightsOff— Gautam Bhatia (@TheGautamBhatia) April 5, 2020
Tadaaa. Firecrackers. Because we need more breathing problems no? pic.twitter.com/lquL5ICXw7— Lakshana Palat (@lakshanapalat) April 5, 2020
People are dying across the world of this pandemic, and around me people are bursting crackers !! What for? What are we revealing ourselves to be?— Sankarshan Thakur (@SankarshanT) April 5, 2020
Let's remember that while lighting a diya or clapping is a great gesture, it becomes meaningless if you are not doing anything to realistically help our medical workers and those in need. So don't forget to donate to NGOs working with migrant labourers, feed stray animals in your vicinity and most importantly, practice social distancing!
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