KUNAL CHATTERJEE, Kolkata: When the entire country is gearing up to obey Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi light a candle appeal at 9pm today, a section of the shopkeepers in the southern fringes of Kolkata, i.e. Behala, were seen lighting candles from 7 pm onwards.
Ashis Shaw, a fruitseller at Sakherbazar in Behala was seen among others who had lighted two big candles in his shop. And no, it’s not the case that Shaw doesn’t have an electricity connection at his shop, but he is just listening to PM Modi’s orders. He said, “All the shops have electricity here. This is my way of showing solidarity towards the patients and entire health professionals who are fighting against coronavirus. I am sure others will also be inspired like me to light the candle.”
Sujan Biswas, a resident of Thakurpukur area is eagerly waiting for 9pm to light a candle. He said, “I didn’t have a candle at my house. So, I came out to the local market amid lockdown to buy a packet of candles. There must be some reasons why the PM asked us to do so.”
In a video address to the nation at 9 am on Friday, Modi urged the people of the country to light candles and diyas, or switch on torches or mobile phone flashlights, for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday to “illuminate the common purpose we are all fighting for i,e. coronavirus”.