Amid the times when the coronavirus outbreak is not showing any sign of weakening, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressed the nation and urged the citizens to light a diya/candle/torch/mobile flashlights at 9 pm for 9 minutes on 5th April as a gesture that we all stand with each other during these testing times and nobody is alone.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 5, 2020
Just like 5 pm applause call for medical workers on 22nd March 2020, the masses seemed to be excited about the diya lighting call also. At sharp 9 pm on 5th April the nation demonstrated that how they stand united in fight against the dreaded coronavirus.
शुभं करोति कल्याणमारोग्यं धनसंपदा ।
शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते ॥ pic.twitter.com/4DeiMsCN11
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 5, 2020
Many people mocked this idea as gimmicky when Modiji announced it. This was the point of it, from richest man in India to poorest, everyone is together in this fight against Chinese virus #9PM9minute 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/kIuKPmNq7b
— नम्रता (@_Namrataa) April 5, 2020
Indian Army personnel at Leh tonight. I am speechless!#9PM9minute @RubikaLiyaquat pic.twitter.com/uIBbfEf102
— yogesh khadke (@IamYogeshKhadke) April 5, 2020
After Drone Pics it's Time for Drone Video of Surat #9pm9minute pic.twitter.com/edTays7fQP
— Dhaval Patel (@dhaval241086) April 5, 2020
Another defining moment….#9pm9minute pic.twitter.com/Q0yx89f04F
— Vandana S🇮🇳 (@1967Vandana) April 5, 2020
Location does not matter. See the sentiment… #ThankYouIndia Folded hands#9PM9minute #IndiaFightsCoronavirus pic.twitter.com/Piwtgfu9Wr
— Saurabh Khamar 😷 (@Saurabhk4u) April 5, 2020
Indian army 🇮🇳#9PM9minute#9baje9mintues pic.twitter.com/Qo4jEm6Yc7
— Veereshyacha (@Veereshyacha1) April 5, 2020
Surprisingly, Head of foreign offices of many countries also participated in this activity. China’s ambassador Sun Weidong lighted a Diya and posted a picture on twitter. He mentioned that China and India are standing together during these tough times and wished an early victory for India against the cronavirus epidemic.
Light a Diya to stand in solidarity with people of #India in the fight against #COVID19. Pay tribute to all medical workers. At this difficult time, #Chinese & Indian people are standing together through thick & thin. Wish India an early victory against the epidemic. #9pm9minute pic.twitter.com/2h9pp7O21d
— Sun Weidong (@China_Amb_India) April 5, 2020
German Ambassador Walter J Linder posted a picture of lit candle and paid tribute to all the frontline workers who are risking their lives to help the world get through this crisis.
Lighting a candle for all those heroes out there who are risking their health to get us through this crisis pic.twitter.com/Ce4MQkp4Kj
— Walter J. Lindner (@AmbLindnerIndia) April 5, 2020
Multiple pictures of candle and diyas were also posted on the official handle of Israel’s foreign affairs office in India, while Ms. Maya Kadosh (Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi) shared a video in which she is holding a lit candle and is giving a message that together we will fight the darkness of COVID19.
The team at @IsraelinIndia joins our brothers and sisters in India as we light up the darkness at #9pm9minutes
Let’s spread light, positivity and hope as we stop the spread of #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/POPPT7OM6Y
— Israel in India (@IsraelinIndia) April 5, 2020
#9pm9minutes , together we will fight the darkness of #Covid_19 and bring light and hope to our life pic.twitter.com/XFpjA8dg9Z
— Maya Kadosh (@MayaKadosh) April 5, 2020
Twitter handle of European Union’s office in India also had posted a picture of lit candles.
Global crisis need global response. #WeStandTogether in our collective resolve to tackle #Covid19. #9baje9minute pic.twitter.com/f2n8GwO2Pr
— EU in India (@EU_in_India) April 5, 2020
Irish Embassy in India too joined in this activity. It posted a picture of candle on twitter applauding all those who are working hard on frontline for their fellow human beings.
#ShineALight for all the frontline staff in 🇮🇳 🇮🇪 🇪🇺🌎 risking everything to keep us safe from #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/AtuqsGC2uy
— Irish Embassy India (@IrlEmbIndia) April 5, 2020
Many others joined this activity too..
We stand in solidarity with India’s fight against this unprecedented global pandemic.
🇬🇧 and 🇮🇳 have a strong record of collaboration on research and innovation to address global challenges.
We’re all in this together and together we are stronger.#9pm9minutes #9बजे9मिनट pic.twitter.com/0ZTmHU1MRw
— UK in India🇬🇧🇮🇳 (@UKinIndia) April 5, 2020
We are all in this together. Members of High Commission of India in Pakistan lit the lamps of hope and solidarity as #IndiaFightsCoronavirus#9PM9minute@narendramodi@MEAIndia pic.twitter.com/JvZGJ30h0g
— India in Pakistan (@IndiainPakistan) April 5, 2020
Gladly participated in the #9pm9minutes at India House at Jeddah by putting off the lights and putting on Diya/candles. Seen also on the frame are my son Abdullah & our Cat-Lily. pic.twitter.com/VBpLUPk2t8
— Noor Rahman Sheikh (@NoorRahman_IFS) April 5, 2020