by Diya Barmecha
Coronavirus, a pandemic that has made everything that we know as normal into something unknown. Socialising, the most normal thing to do considering humans are social animals is now punishable. We have to stay at home and as Narendra Modi says, “ stay at home for 21 days, no matter what” This pandemic that started in China on December 31, has made its way to countries like America, Italy and also India. In India as of April 8th there are 4643 active cases.This pandemic has made India take actions never seen before. It is mandatory to stay at home, schools, offices and other gathering places like theaters are shut. Except for watchmen, police, doctors and other essential workers. Everyone is forced to stay at home so that the spreading of the virus will stop.
This virus can be spread through touch and coughing on another person. A person infected and tested positive for the virus in quarantine in the hospital but all the doctors and nurses are at risk to get the virus due to this. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has taken new initiatives to increase the connectivity of society and give people hope. Such an act was on March 22 after a Janta curfew to stay at home due to the coronavirus.
PM Modi said,
“March 22 will be a symbol of our effort, of our self-restraint and our resolve to fulfil our duty in service of the nation”
On this day he requested everyone to come out at 5 pm and clap their hands, bang plates and all in all, show appreciation for the healthcare workers and the police who are working despite the virus is at its rise.
Another such initiative was taken on April 5. This initiative was at 9pm for 9 minutes. He requested India to light a candle and shut all the lights in their houses and only let the candle or torch light shine. This was another attempt to scare away coronavirus. Lighting diyas which is done on Diwali, a team of happiness and a way to symbolise the victory of light over dark, is very festive.
Along with this, all the fake messages with fake news from Whatsapp is misleading the public. PM Modi is trying to take festive steps to hide the severity of the issue from the public. As a result of this, Shiv Sena leader, Udav Thackeray said, “Claps, thalis and lights…like this, we will lose the war.” There are many people who are following Modi’s footsteps and keeping hope that these small things they will do will immensely help their situation.
Although, there are many that are siding with Thackeray and state that this is a time where people should be scared and not clapping or lighting candles. The Shiv sena also informs the public about a fire incident in Solapur due to people coming into the streets with candles and torches.
Along with Shiv Sena, a Marathi daily reporter compared this battle to Panipat, a city which was fought for by the Mughals and India, which started in 1526. The reporter said, “In the fight against coronavirus, you need such a commander. We lost the Panipat battle because of rumours and lack of planning.” The battle with COVID-19 will definitely last long. India needs to keep hope that things will get better but not do things that can harm their health or the health of people around them.
The only thing that we, the citizens of India can do is wait, listen and follow.
Pti. “COVID-19 War Can’t Be Won by Clapping, Lighting Lamps: Shiv Sena.” The Economic Times, Economic Times, 7 Apr. 2020, economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/covid-19-war-cant-be-won-by-clapping-lighting-lamps-shiv-sena/articleshow/75025016.cms.