Indian sports fraternity is doing its bit to gather support and rally behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative of lighting a candle to mark the national fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
Superstar athletes such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya tweeted in support of the movement which the PM announced on April 3.
“The power of the stadium is in its fans. The spirit of India is in its people. Tonight 9pm for 9min. Let’s show the world, we stand as ONE. Let’s show our Health Warriors, We stand behind them. Team India – IGNITED,” Kohli tweeted on Sunday.
“Team India, we cant get this prescription wrong. Our life depends on winning this test match. Show your solidarity, join us in The Great Team India Huddle today 5th April 9pm for 9min. Light to Fight. Are you with me?” Rohit tweeted.
“Let’s shine our lights on the Frontline Warriors who are showing us the path from this darkness! Let’s ignite the spirits of a billion strong TEAM INDIA @BCCI From our Dressing room, to your Doorstep, the Lakshman Rekha has been drawn… We are with you @narendramodi ji!” Pandya tweeted.
PM Modi asked Indians under lockdown to switch off all lights at home at 9 pm on Sunday (April 5) and light candles or diyas — or use the flashlights on their mobile phones — for 9 minutes.
“At that time, if you have turned off all the lights of your homes, and each one of us in all directions has lit a diya, we will experience the superpower of light, clearly illuminating the common purpose we are all fighting for,” PM Modi said.
Modi’s comments came during his first address to the nation after declaring a countrywide lockdown in an effort to slow the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
Named Sars-CoV-2, the virus causes a respiratory illness (Covid-19) that is potentially life-threatening for a fraction of those infected but has already killed over 57,000 worldwide, including 77 people in India as of this writing.