The nation on Sunday has enthusiastically welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 5 minutes gratitude call at 5 pm for those working amid the spread of deadly novel coronavirus.
People took it to streets and balconies clapping and beating utensils in unison supporting the PM’s call. Some even chanted Bhajans to support the morale of those working in the situation.
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind along with his family came forward to actively participate in PM’s initiative.
राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द ने भारत की प्रथम महिला व परिवार के अन्य सदस्यों सहित सभी देशवासियों की ध्वनि में ध्वनि मिलाते हुए उन सभी लोगों के प्रति कृतज्ञता व्यक्त की जो अपने और अपने परिवारजनों के जीवन का जोखिम उठाते हुए भी राष्ट्र के स्वास्थ्य की रक्षा कर रहे हैं।#JantaCurfew pic.twitter.com/C8m3pu7Dsb
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 22, 2020
Among the prominent political figures who actively participated in the ‘call of gratitude’ was Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Posting a video on Twitter featuring himself with others in which Prasad was seen clapping, he said, “Paid my gratitude to Doctors, medical staff, Air India and Air Force, security and emergency service personnel who r rendering a great service in India’s fight against coronavirus. Entire country stood united on the appeal of PM Narendra Modi.”
“We shall overcome,” he said.
Paid my gratitude to Doctors, medical staff, Air India and Air Force, security and emergency service personnel who r rendering a great service in India's fight against #CoronaVirus.
Entire country stood united on the appeal of PM @narendramodi. We shall overcome. #5baje5minute pic.twitter.com/MSZ0MrFpoL
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) March 22, 2020
BJP MP Rajyavardhan Rahore also tweeted about his participation in the initiative.
“Thank you doctors, medical staff and all officials for protecting us. Thank you citizens of India for uniting against coronavirus,” he said.
In the video, Rathore was seen blowing conch-shell to express gratitude to the officials working to fight down the deadly virus.
Thank you PM @narendramodi ji for leading us.
Thank you doctors, medical staff and all officials for protecting us.
Thank you citizens of India for uniting against #CaronaVirus#JantaCurfew #5baje5minute #clapforourcarers #Shankh #Covid_19india #clapping pic.twitter.com/CmXVnfJjgJ
— Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) March 22, 2020
Retired IPS officer and current Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi with other officials was seen outside Raj Niwas ringing bell in support of PM’s ‘gratitude call’.
“We thank PMOIndia for bringing the country together in a sense of gratitude for all those wwho serve against all odds. Also seek forgiveness from Mother Earth for all the sufferings she is going through because of over exploitation,” she said.
We thank Honble @PMOIndia for bringing the country together in a sense of gratitude for al those who serve against all odds. Also seek forgiveness from Mother Earth for al the sufferings she is going thru because of over exploitation. #5baje5minute #jantacurfew @ANI @PTI_News pic.twitter.com/J3bZanEyGY
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) March 22, 2020
Interestingly Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray along with his minister son Aaditya Thackeray and wife Rashmi Thackeray participated in the call along with his other officials.
He expressed gratitude to those working tirelessly to combat the crisis.
A few months ago till the Maharashtra Assembly election results, Thackeray was a close ally of BJP. After unresolved issue over the chief ministership, he parted ways from BJP and joined hands with NCP and Congress in the state to form the government.
However, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar also participated in the PM Modi’s gratitude call by clapping hands along with his family members.
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) March 22, 2020
In a tweet in Hindi, he said, “This is a beckoning for thanksgiving as well as for the beginning of a long struggle. Let’s tie up ourselves in social distancing for a long struggle to be followed.”
ये धन्यवाद का नाद है, लेकिन साथ ही एक लंबी लड़ाई में विजय की शुरुआत का भी नाद है। आइए, इसी संकल्प के साथ, इसी संयम के साथ एक लंबी लड़ाई के लिए अपने आप को बंधनों (Social Distancing) में बांध लें। #JantaCurfew
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 22, 2020
Akhilesh Mishra, CEO BlueKraft also posted a video of his society where the people were seen actively participating in the call.
Never seen anything like this. Entire society where we live is filled with sound of human hope and desire to succeed. Driven by will power. Inspired by the moral authority of ONE MAN.
— Akhilesh Mishra (@amishra77) March 22, 2020
The Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram also posted a video showing the citizens actively participating in the gratitude call.
With gratitude at heart and prayers in mind, we salute those working for our collective well-being pic.twitter.com/aFU4HqPSly
— DC Gurugram (@DC_Gurugram) March 22, 2020
Not only the politicians but the Delhi Airport also participated enthusiastically in the ‘gratitude call’.
“Applauds for the Acclaimed!” the airport authorities and passengers participated in the initiative.
“Applauds for the Acclaimed”! #DelhiAirport echoed with the #claps of appreciation for the efforts of each and everyone around. #5baje5minute #ThankYouDoctors @narendramodi @PMOIndia @HardeepSPuri @MoCA_GoI @MoHFW_INDIA @AAI_Official pic.twitter.com/58pEFC4Ygo
— Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) March 22, 2020
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) also joined in PM’s call as in a video posted by DMRC, the workers living in the official quarters were seen clapping hands for those working to combat the crisis.
DMRC employees and their family members at the Mukundpur residential colony expressing their gratitude for all those who are working endlessly against the ongoing pandemic. #5Baje5Minute #JantaCurfew pic.twitter.com/Ev85c2WhNL
— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) March 22, 2020
DMRC has already called off all its metro train services till March 31 in view of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
How did citizens respond?
PM Modi’s call was actively addressed by the citizens across the nation. Here are some of the tweets showing how active they were at 5 pm.
A user took flute to express his thanks with melodious bhajan.
— Chinmay gaur (@Chinmaygaur) March 22, 2020
A glimpse of Noida Sector 77.
— देव सिन्हा (@DevanshSinha) March 22, 2020
— Abhishek Mishra (@Abhishek_Mshra) March 22, 2020
This kid got a unique style to express thanks.
— Amit (@Dazzlingdrums) March 22, 2020
— mahendra parihar (@mahendr46642796) March 22, 2020
My 96 old grandfather is so excited for this event that he dressed up in his new clothes and showing his gratitude towards all the Doctors, Health workers, and everyone who is contibuting to our nation's safery to fight against coronavirus. Udaipur, Rajasthan #5baje5minute pic.twitter.com/5CDvrMNrxR
— DeePesh (@deepeshmoad) March 22, 2020