Indians followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plea to show the country’s unity against coronavirus by turning off their lights and lighting diyas, candles and flashlights at 9 pm on Sunday, 5 April, for 9 minutes.
The Quint brings to you some snapshots of the activity, shared by Twitterati, including citizens and celebrities alike.
शुभं करोति कल्याणमारोग्यं धनसंपदा ।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 5, 2020
शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते ॥ pic.twitter.com/4DeiMsCN11
#9बजे9मिनट with family. Great example of community spirit being shown by all Indians today to overcome the challenges of the global #Covid_19 pandemic. All family members came together inspite of death in the family yesterday. Gayatri Mantra chanting adds to the energy. ️ pic.twitter.com/PfqOR403w5— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) April 5, 2020
https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1246830985288642560Netizens Condemn Bursting of Firecrackers
However, instead of simply lighting candles and diyas, some people decided to go an extra mile and burst firecrackers instead.
Netizens condemned the bursting of crackers, lamenting that a moment of unity and togetherness had been spoiled this way.
Some people also pointed out that the nationwide lockdown has till now led to a fall in air pollution.
Don't know about corona, but #AirPollution certainly will be back with all the cracker burning #LightsOff didn't mean... Dimag ki batti bujhao... Braindead#CoronavirusPandemic #coronavirus #COVID19 #lockdown https://t.co/qKHJQANpu2— Geeta Mohan گیتا موہن गीता मोहन (@Geeta_Mohan) April 5, 2020
Why are people bursting crackers ?— Santosh Addagulla (@santoshspeed) April 5, 2020
Why are they screaming in joy as if India won a World #Corona Cup ?
I don’t think PM meant this? #Crackers #9MinutesForIndia #9baje9mintues pic.twitter.com/AROvAti7KS
People bursting #crackers is stupid. Looks like tomorrow is going to be bad AQI day after so many good days. Don’t like to say, but @PMOIndia should not think of more such measures as people are #idiots #CoronaLockdownIndia #9pm9minutes— Karan Malik (@karan_malik) April 5, 2020
Previously, the Prime Minister had asked the nation to bang utensils on their balconies in order to show support for personnel and medical staff who are on the frontlines of India's battle against COVID-19.
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