As India entered Day 5 of lockdown this Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tended to the country with his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” radio program in the midst of a developing risk from the coronavirus pandemic. With the number of positive cases approaching a thousand, the PM indeed asked Indians to practice social distancing and compensate for it by reducing emotional distancing.
PM Narendra Modi Apologizes Citizen for Being Harsh on Coronavirus Lockdown
A great part of the latest episode of Mann Ki Baat managed to tend to the commitments of human services laborers the nation over just as addressing recovered patients of coronavirus. All things considered, one of the highlights of the episode, at any rate for netizens, came when the PM apologized for implementing a total lockdown on air.
“I apologise for taking harsh steps over COVID-19 that caused inconvenience to common man,” the PM said, addressing the massive turmoil that millions of migrant workers and other marginalised sections of the country found themselves in since the lockdown.
“I seek forgiveness… I am sure you will forgive me that you had to undergo so much trouble. Some people will say what kind of prime minister is this but these are special circumstances. You had to undergo problems I understand but there is no other way out to fight the coronavirus,” he said. “But this is a battle for life and death.”
Since the lockdown on the 12 PM of March 24, a large number of migrant and daily wage laborers from across enormous urban areas have been walking long and strenuous excursions back to their towns. With no work or help, many have ended up on the road without food or transport.
The PM’s apology for remorse normally produced various reactions via social media. On one hand, supporters commended the apology, claiming it took great humanity for a leader to acknowledge problems and yet to stand strong in the time of diversity.