India witnessed a historic moment at 5pm on March 22, 2020. The whole nation was chanting, clapping, whistling, and singing slogans, to support the ongoing efforts to control spread of Corona virus pandemic in the country.
‘Janta curfew’ has created ripples across the country; Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to action was acknowledged by millions of Indians. Influencers -celebrities, politicians, experts- along with thousands of citizens across cities expressed their gratitude for the officials, government and other agency workers, police officers, doctors, and medical workers, for working relentlessly to help citizens during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
Celebrities including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Kangana Ranaut, along with their families, participated in the 5pm drill to spread awareness around the efforts to control the spread of the disease in the country.
T 3478 - Historic .. we are ONE .. and we have WON !— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 22, 2020
“शंख बजे औ ताल बजे , औ बजी है गणपत आरती,
अद्भुत दृश्य सुना विश्व नें
हम उत्तम उज्ज्वल भारती“ ~ AB
At 5pm March 22nd the entire nation came out & applauded
NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS ! PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN - JAI HIND pic.twitter.com/Kb07wsVxew
Here we are expressing our gratitude for all the people who are staying outside of their houses so we can stay inside our houses, May Maa Sherawali protect you 😇😇😇😇🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/EiN1jYFQgb— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) March 22, 2020
The National Women’s Hockey team also participated in the ‘Junta curfew’ and expressed their gratitude for the officials and workers who are fighting COVID-19 virus on-ground.
Look at our Indian Women's Hockey team! On the passionate appeal by our PM @narendramodi ji, millions and millions of our fellow citizens expressed deep gratitude towards all those who are struggling to fight Coronavirus.#IndiaFightsCorona #JantaCurfew pic.twitter.com/m59lDJv3dI— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 22, 2020
However, when most of us were busy observing social distancing and propagating the same, some also called out the #COVIDIOTS who chose to flout of the rules. Personalities such as Kiran Mazumdar Saw, author and journalist Anna MM Vetticad, and journalist Rana Ayyub condemned the shocking parades on roads during the 5pm drill.
And you still believe in the EVM Hacking conspiracy ? https://t.co/sIY4NBGCeT— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) March 22, 2020
As work-from-home routines are becoming a norm and curfews are unavoidable, netizens are bound to be more vocal about their views on social media in the days to come. While a show of hope and solidarity is surely a positive move, there has never been a time in history when social media played a more significant role in quashing fake news and spreading accurate information.
(Edited by Athira Nair)