As per PM Narendra Modi’s appeal, we were told to light a candle or a lamp in solidarity of the countrymen. It was an act of affirmation to stand together while we fight the virus together. This act was held on April 5, 9 pm for 9 minutes. However, as expected, there were people who did not hesitate to take it a notch higher. Several cities witnessed the baseless and loud gesture of bursting firecrackers. The so-called “bhakts” were, of course, the people behind this obnoxious behavior.
A lot of celebs across different industries and prominent people in the media went to their social media handles and expressed their displeasure.
From poet, Kumar Vishwas to actors like Taapsee Pannu, Divya Dutta was to name a few. But one such post by Sonam Kapoor Ahuja caught the attention of filmmaker and social activist, Ashoke Pandit.
Initially, Sonam had tweeted that we were told to light up candles and not burst firecrackers. She expressed her concern that the dogs around the areas are getting scared and that she is confused about why people are celebrating like its Diwali.
Here is the tweet:
People are bursting crackers. Just FYI . They dogs are freaking out. Do people think it’s Diwali? I’m so confused.
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) April 5, 2020
To which Ashoke Pandit reacted and said that whatever the occasion calls for we should celebrate to show togetherness. At least it is for a genuine cause and that people are not spreading the virus-like those at Tablighi Jamaat. He wished for Sonam to condemn such a terrorist act instead of expressing detest upon bursting firecrackers.
Here is what he replied to Sonam’s tweet:
Sonam ji crackers are burst during celebrations & not only in Diwali?People are trying to be happy in these difficult times.
They are at least not spreading d virus like #TabligiJamaat. I wish you would hve condemned this act of terrorism than blaming crackers. https://t.co/P788T49Oir
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) April 5, 2020
Sonam Kapoor took matters in her hands and shot right back at him. She tweeted:
Ashokeji we are all lighting candles in solidarity. But to burst crackers is not what our honoured @PMOIndia asked us to do. You can tell me if I’m wrong.
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) April 6, 2020
As per what PM Modi had appealed Sonam was right. What do you think?
Here is a video of the appeal:
PM Modi gave a clarion call to light up diyas, candles, or mobile flashlights on 5 April at 9 PM for 9 minutes
This symbolises movement from darkness to light & enthuses the battle against COVID-19
— narendramodi_in (@narendramodi_in) April 3, 2020
It is always a good idea to show a strong sense of bond in such difficult times. But there is always a thin line between when and how it should be done. Hoping that people really understand the importance of social distancing so that such acts are not repeated in days to come.