BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: After Indians banged thaalis on their balconies on March 22 to show their appreciation for the doctors, nurses and others, who are working at the frontline in the battle against COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared on television on Friday to ask the countrymen to light candles and switch off lights for nine minutes on April 5 to mark the fight against the deadly disease.
The announcement wasn’t well appreciated by some netizens and soon internet was filled with memes. Many users questioned the utility of this activity, as Indians continue to cope with the 21-day lockdown. By Sunday morning, India had recorded 3,374 cases, with 75 deaths, the Union health ministry said.
When Corona spreads & you cant handle
Bang a Thali & light a Candle
— Nehr_who (@Nehr_who) April 3, 2020
Light a candle? Are you fighting Covid or romancing it?
— Veena Venugopal (@veenavenugopal) April 3, 2020
One user shared the WhatsApp forwarded photo frequently does it way around Indian groups around Diwali time, purporting to depict the celebrations in India.
Sunday raat 9 bajey ki tasveer already circulate ho rahi hai deshawaasiyon pic.twitter.com/xtiVq0mMii
— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) April 3, 2020
Some users noted that that the idea of banging utensils was possibly borrowed from Brazilians.
— Raghav Chopra (@RaghavChopra_) April 3, 2020
Meanwhile, one Twitter user claimed he had already got a WhatsApp message hailing Modi’s latest idea as a “masterstroke”.
I just got this
That’s it, I don’t think I can take WhatsApp anymore 🤦🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/kkRLLESC7s
— Aniket Mishra (@aniketmishra299) April 3, 2020
BJP MP Ramdas Athawale who had lit candles to drive away the disease while chanting “Go corona go” was hailed as a visionary.
— Rizwan Nizami (@rizwannizami) April 3, 2020
If everyone will use lights from their phones, who will record this?
— Nikhil Taneja (@tanejamainhoon) April 3, 2020
Indians on 5th April, 9 PM. pic.twitter.com/Swq04oZEgR
— Manjiri (@ManjiriIndurkar) April 3, 2020
Someone creatively edited the final moments of the Academy-winning South Korean film Parasite into Modi’s speech.
The Ending Of PARASITE Explained By Narendra Modi. pic.twitter.com/edweIG38Cw
— Antriksh Manav (@SumitPurohit) April 3, 2020
And there is Kunal Kamra.
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) April 4, 2020
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) April 5, 2020
But then, there were many who appreciated the Prime Minister’s vision too. Amul came up with their signature campaign. And PM Modi retweeted it with the message to unite the country today.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 4, 2020
I am proud of everyone who has faithfully been abiding by the lockdown! My love to you all.
With the same spirit, let’s light up lamps and come together to spread awareness for 9 minutes at 9 pm this Sunday. Don’t forget! 🙏🤗@NarendraModi #LightForIndia #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/p28rAwG8MP
— Ram Charan (@AlwaysRamCharan) April 4, 2020
Actress Rituparna Sengupta has appealed to the masses to light lamp or diyas on Sunday. The video messages recorded in both Bengali and Hindi were posted on Saturday night on the WhatsApp groups of Bengal BJP groups and therefore speculations were rife whether this signals towards the National Award-winning actress, who is presently in Singapore with her family, joining the saffron brigade. However, the actress said that she has pledged donations to both the PM-CARES and West Bengal CM emergency relief Funds to fight against coronavirus. And this is not the time to engage in politics. She is obeying the directives of the government as a law-abiding citizen.
— Subrato Chattopadhyay (@subratowb) April 4, 2020
— Neeche Se Topper (@NeecheSeTopper) April 5, 2020
Ignore those who say Power Grids will fail on 5th night in 9 mins. We are only switching off lights – not other home appliances like fans, refrigerators, TVs, geysers, elevators, charging stations, computers, microwaves, radios etc.
Don’t fall for propaganda! #9baje9minute
— Charu Pragya🇮🇳 (@CharuPragya) April 4, 2020