India exhibited phenomenal unity and tenacity of purpose as millions confined themselves to their houses and came out, with the enthusiasm of a kid, to show their heartfelt gratitude to doctors
Bengaluru: March 22, 2020 will go down in India’s history as a red-letter day in its fight against a pandemic.
The whole country, voluntarily, wilfully and enthusiastically took part in the Janata curfew, a movement envisioned by the Prime Minister to break the chain of transmission of the deadly coronavirus from 7 in the morning to 9 in the night.
Surely, the icing on the cake was when the clock struck 5 in the evening. Every household in the country, every Indian citizen, forgetting their myriad differences stood as one to clap cheerfully, bell robustly and blow the conches with all their might as an emphatic expression of gratitude to the soldiers who hold stethoscopes in their hands and serve the needy and the necessitous with alacrity, gumption and altruism, in the real sense of it.
Kids too were not to be left behind!
There was one visual that left the internet in tears!
A video of a ragpicker clapping his hands, just like any other citizen, to express his appreciation to the doctors reiterated the unity this wonderful country has!
Coronavirus has spread its tentacles far and wide, killing people disdainfully. Lakhs across the globe have been affected while thousands have lost their breath completely.
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It is needless to say that the crisis has cast its demonic spell, bringing the world to a grinding halt. But it is at this time that the entire globe should take the bull by the horns and exhibit a spirit of esprit de corps.
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India is a country whose roads are chock-a-block. It’s certainly not an exaggeration. People travel round the clock and the traffic signals work perennially.
But when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged his countrymen to stay indoors for 14 hours and help mitigate the spread of the deadly virus, also express their gratitude to doctors, everyone paid heed to his clarion call with meticulousness and a sense of purpose.
There were tens of pictures and videos floating around showing how empty the roads were, in fact, instilling a sense of nostalgia as it gave a glimpse of how the cosmopolitans were, probably decades and decades ago.
It is attitude like these that help a nation tide over crises effortlessly. However, one should remember that a day’s confinement to the four walls of a house is no panacea to the dance of the deadly virus, but is a huge step towards the cessation of its malafide spread.
We need to strengthen our resolve and restraint further to fight the virus and make the globe a better place to live in.
And with a Prime Minster like Narendra Modi at the helm of affairs, we must march with no malaise whatsoever!
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Last Updated Mar 22, 2020, 9:00 PM IST