BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new plan to mark the fight against coronavirus by lighting candles, diyas or just switching on the phone’s torch while shutting off lights for nine minutes on Sunday at 9 pm has met with mixed reactions.
Among its critics, Anurag Kashyap’s irrefutable logic takes a strong stand. He posed the question where is a person supposed to obtain candles and diyas? He also asked whether these two articles fall under essential goods.
His tweet read, “Had a question. Where can I get candles and lamps? At the drugstore, or at the ration or vegetable shop? Does this also fall under essential goods? If not available, can I burn this world? I have a match. #JustAsking”.
एक सवाल था। मोमबत्ती और दिया कहाँ मिलेगा? दवा की दुकान पे या फिर राशन या सब्ज़ी की दुकान पे? क्या ये भी ज़रूरी समान में आता है? और नहीं मिले तो क्या ये दुनिया जला सकता हूँ ? माचिस है मेरे पास। #JustAsking
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) April 3, 2020
Netizens trolled the Gangs of Wasseypur director mercilessly for this. Some questioned his mental health while others suggested him to use his phone’s torch. Rangoli Chandel, the sister of Kangana Ranaut, slammed him. She told him that he was allowed to burn himself but not the world.
Duniya toh nahin jala sakte magar khud ko jala sakte ho woh allowed hai, dusaron ko duniya se aur apni zindagi se bahut payaar hai sir unko jeene do, aap he duniya se pareshaan ho sirf aap kalti ho please 🙏 https://t.co/3td9hOc5Xa
— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) April 3, 2020
Actor Swara Bhaskar, however, took a more rational and objective stance. She reminded people that medical personnel are risking their lives to fight the virus and their protection should be our utmost priority.
Clap your hands, bang bartans, light candles and torches but remember doctors, nurses & medical staff needs gloves, masks, gear and a government that delivers these. Pls ask our govt. to make sure medical personnel in India are protected.
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— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) April 3, 2020