In this photo essay, we revisit the 2020 lockdown. While the lockdown was emotionally and mentally draining, several initiatives undertaken by the government to thank the frontline workers and to bring in much-needed positivity by urging people to lit lamps and diyas were applauded.
In this image, people in Mumbai are seen supporting the day-long Janta Curfew. In a televised address while announcing the Junta Curfew, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people to stay indoors on March 22, 2020. The idea of the Janta Curfew was to prepare the citizens for the stringent isolation drives and to thank the frontline workers.
The prime minister asked people to stand on balconies of their homes for five minutes at 5 pm and express gratitude to frontline workers by clapping. People in Delhi came out in large numbers to cheer for covid combatants.
The Janta curfew was in place for 14 hours—from 7 am to 9 pm. The state administrations rang sirens at 5 pm. In this image, people in New Delhi are seen supporting the Junta Curfew
In Prayagraj, people played musical instruments and clapped. The prime minister had stressed on the need to avoid panic buying and had assured that the government was taking all steps to ensure that the supply of essential commodities was not disrupted.
In this image, a policeman is seen handing hand out a flower to a pedestrian in a bid to inspire him to stay home during the Janata curfew. While the citizens were expected to stay indoors, essential services were allowed to function. Police, media, and medical services were exempted from the Janta Curfew.
People in Delhi clapped and clanged utensils in support of the Janta Curfew. In his televised address, the prime ministers urged citizens not to overwhelm hospitals during this crisis and not to go to hospitals for routine check-ups. The country went into a complete lockdown on March 24.
In this image, people in Howrah, Kolkata are seen lighting lamps. After about two weeks into the lockdown, in yet another televised address, the prime minister asked people across the country to turn off the lights in their homes for 9 minutes on April 5, starting at 9 pm
People in Odisha’s capital Bhubaneshwar are seen lighting lamps and flashing torches and mobile flashes in this image. The idea of this symbolic gesture was to show the nation’s “collective resolve and solidarity” in its fight against coronavirus.
In this image, people living in Om Nagar in Gurugram are seen lighting lamps at their homes to express their solidarity towards the nation's fight against coronavirus. “No one is alone during the lockdown. The collective superpower of 130 crore Indians is with every citizen”, the prime minister had said while explaining the purpose of this exercise.
This image is from Patparganj in East Delhi. Millions of Indians across the country switched off lights at their homes and lit candles and diyas on April 5.
Prime Minister had appealed to people to follow social distancing and also to not step out of their homes. This image is from Sector 121 in Noida. People lit up their homes with candles and diyas.
A sand sculpture made by sand artist Ajay Rawat in Pushkar. The sculpture displays the appeal made by the prime minister.
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