On Friday, April 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation through a recorded video message amid the ongoing 21-day lockdown, and urged all Indians to light candles, diyas, torches at 9 pm on Sunday to 'illuminate a common purpose' in the fight against coronavirus.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the PM’s request.
Event Management 9.0— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) April 3, 2020
A great thinker once said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. In 21st century India, we have farce at the time of tragedy.
Usual suspects are disappointed by @narendramodi s message .They want facts , figures & new policies. They are the same people who can’t manage the single kid they have or the pet without a maid . He has to manage a country of 130 Cr people & most disruptive liberal eco system .— B L Santhosh (@blsanthosh) April 3, 2020
Thali bajao.— Nirmala Tai (@Vishj05) April 3, 2020
Modi ji, Diwali nahi aayi hai. Epidemic hai.
every individual hs his own part to do 2 stay home.We r proud of our Team Leader @narendramodi Let’s all continue to Stay home & be Safe.5th April at 9pm for 9 mins all lights off.Candles,Diya,torch,mobile flash to use bt only from https://t.co/zRJULJmaHr Streets Show Please 🙏— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 3, 2020
Narendra Modi did not utter a single word about coronavirus cases, deaths, testing, health infrastructure, migrant workers, food insecurity, job losses or economy. I guess he is above all these petty governance issues. #ModiVideoMessage— Tejas Harad (@h_tejas) April 3, 2020
I welcome the call to light diyas on April 9. I request PM Modi to please tell Indian citizens about his plans for medical supplies for our doctors and hospitals, support to farmers, cash transfer to the poor and financial aid for state governments, small business. #lockdown— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) April 3, 2020
Time to be united again!! Our Prime Minister shri @narendramodi ji has requested for us all on the 5th of April at 9pm for 9 minutes to turn off all lights & spark a diya or candle or turn on your torch light to show solidarity during our fight against the pandemic. #9Baje9Minute— Manushi Chhillar (@ManushiChhillar) April 3, 2020
I'm horrified over @narendramodi's address: light lamps at 9 pm on April 5th for 9 mins. Looks like some numerologist+astrologer is advising him. This address was patronizing, ridiculous and plainly humiliating the people of this country, who are braving #CoronaOutbreak— RadhakrishnanRK (@RKRadhakrishn) April 3, 2020
This man gives me so much comfort. Always makes one feel that things are well under control under his leadership. This is a war and we are fighting it under a strong leader#ModiVideoMessage— Anuj Singhal अनुज सिंघल (@_anujsinghal) April 3, 2020
A song that captures both the action items from our Prime Minister (so far): pic.twitter.com/VrJ30KoNTT— Karthik (@beastoftraal) April 3, 2020
Listened to the Pradhan Showman. Nothing about how to ease people’s pain, their burdens, their financial anxieties. No vision of the future or sharing the issues he is weighing in deciding about the post-lockdown. Just a feel-good moment curated by India’s Photo-Op PrimeMinister!— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 3, 2020
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