New Delhi:PM Narendra Modi has appealed citizens to switch off electric lights at 9 pm on Sunday for nine minutes,and light candles or diyas,or flash torchlights or mobile lights standing at their doorsteps or balconies.
"Amid the darkness spread by the corona pandemic,we must continuously progress towards light and hope,"the PM said in an address to the nation on Friday.
"We must continuously strive to take those of us most affected,our poor brothers and sisters,from disappointment to hope.We must end the darkness and uncertainty emanating from the crisis,by progressing towards light and certainty.We must defeat the deep darkness of the crisis,by spreading the glory of light in all four directions,"he said,adding:"We must awaken the superpower of 130 crore Indians."Modi had earlier asked Indians to observe a Janata Curfew on March 22.At the time,he had exhorted people to express their gratitude to healthcare workers by clinking plates and spoons or ringing bells at 5 pm for five minutes.
The PM has specifically asked citizens to not step out of their houses during Sunday's exercise."Please do not go out on to the roads,lanes or your localities,do it at the doorstep or balconies of your own homes.One must never cross the'Lakshman Rekha'of social distancing.This is the only panacea to break the chain of coronavirus,"the PM said.
At a time when crores of people are confined to their homes,some may be worried about how they are going to fight such a big battle on their own.Many are also concerned about how many more days they will have to spend like this,he said.When people turn off all the electric lights of their homes and light a diya,they will experience the superpower of light,clearly illuminating the common purpose for which everyone is fighting for,he said.