The Prime Minister at 8.07 pm announced a complete lockdown in the country for 3 weeks i.e. 21 days.
Medianews4u got a few people to comment on this.
Sumanto Chattopadhyay – Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, 82.5 Communications
India is a powder keg with a lit fuse. The only way to stop the explosion is to cut it off. Let’s hope the 21 day lockdown is successful in achieving that. A decisive step like this was required. I only hope that people will not have trouble accessing food, medicine and other essential supplies in this period.
Hemant Jain – Sr. EVP and Head of Digital Business, Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd
Couldn’t have asked for a better decision… This decision not only comes as our savior but will also put India / Mr.Modi in frontline of world’s top Nations/Leaders. 1st leader in the world to take such a bold decision so fast… Jaan hai toh Jahan hai I salute him…
Ramesh Narayan – Media Consultant
No country of the size of this sub – continent has been locked down anywhere in the world. Decisive and strong leadership has been shown. Yes there will be a huge economic and social impact. But aren’t lives more important than anything else?
Pradeep Dwivedi – CEO – India, Eros International Media Ltd
“At times like these, I pray for health and well-being of all 1.4 billion Indian family members .. Let’s comply with the lockdown and help manage this pandemic better than the rest of the world. Hopefully, we shall overcome and emerge as ultimate winners”
Gaurav Taneja, Captain at AirAsia
A nationwide lockdown was only way left I think. Everyone is very familiar with what happened in China, Italy, and in the USA, but the citizens of India are not understanding the seriousness of the covid 19 outbreak. People are walking down the streets, playing cricket outdoors rather than staying back, like it’s an extended vacation. So this strict action had to be made to make Indians safe and to stop the community wide spread of the pandemic. This lockdown will bring a drastic economic change in India, but let’s hope it’s all for the better. I urge Indians not to panic, and to not believe in rumours. Just stay home to make a safe home.
Malini Agarwal – Founder and Creative Director Miss Malini: ” I fully support the government’s initiative to keep us safe from this frightening pandemic. We have to trust in the guidance of our public health officials and the scientists and doctors on the front line of this battle. The data shows that the only way to flatten the curve and prevent our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed is to isolate ourselves and avoid all non-essential contact with each other. This is the right decision and I implore all of my fellow citizens to take this seriously and listen to the authorities. Anyone who thinks this is an overreaction is not paying attention to the rest of the world and we must break the chain of infection. Social Distancing and good hygiene are the only things quite literally in our hands. Each one of us must all do our part to keep all of us safe. This is not a time for rebellion or complaining over inconvenience. 21 days may seem like a long time but these three weeks are critical to how our country will be impacted by Covid 19. Please stay safe, stay home and trust the authorities who are doing this for our own well being. It is now on us to ride this wave. Take this time to focus on your mental and emotional well-being and be a support for others. We will get through this together.”
Mr. Kausshal Dugarr – Founder and CEO of Teabox. “The current situation has affected us as it has many other businesses as well. We see this more as a supply disruption rather than it disrupting the demand side. However, our category is perennial and we do not see a huge dip in demand. Given the unpredictability and uncertainty that is laid before us, we are taking the necessary steps to reduce overheads and extend our working capital among other things. Embracing an optimistic attitude, we believe and we see ourselves coming out much stronger once the dust settles.”
Mr. Senil Shah- Founder of New York Burrito Company “On the business end, everything will be shut. So there will be a complete loss. Two major fixed costs are rentals and salary. On rentals, we are trying to reduce it. On the salary front, we are not firing any of our guys, as we believe to stand with them in this crucial time. But overall we are positive on the front that when the restaurant industry opens up there will be a spike in sales as so many people who are addicted to eating out are waiting to eat out.
Celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar said, “I think it’s an essential and an excellent step by the government of india. Considering the scale and the amount of damage that such a pandemic can cause in the country which is extremely densely populated. And also extremely susceptible to the damage done. I think these are the 21 days that we need to give to our nation to save the year that would go behind if we don’t stay in for 21 days. I applaud the government for taking this bold step. And I’m pretty sure the government both central and state will take care of people who live on daily rations. But it is our time to stand in solidarity with the decision and stay indoors.”
Tarandeep Singh Sekhon, Marketing Director at KidZania India said, “Difficult times call for difficult decisions.And, I completely stand by this lock down initiative. We need to act now for a better tomorrow. We should understand that it is for our better, and at the same time do not panic.Prevention is better than cure, and the only option when no cure.”
Ms. Geeta Ramakrishnan, ontological coach and Author: “This I assume must be a difficult decision for the PrimeMinister and I am in total agreement. COVID -19 pandemic is not to be taken lightly. Specially we have examples of countries like China, Italy and the US to learn from. This 21 day lockdown will hopefully break the exponential growth chain and help our health care resources and system to be better prepared and manage the virus outbreak much better. Yes, it will not be easy and can cause a lot of inconveniences and an economic turmoil which I can’t even fathom. I pray that all my fellow citizens respect their safety and that of all Indians and think this is a small price to pay for the sake of the safety of all our lives.”
Meanwhile Twitterati hailed PM Modi’s 21-Day Nationwide Lockdown
#21daysLockdown to stop/flatten spread #Covid19India is a necessary measure.I find that even in these difficult times, there are some who look thru it with a political/anti Modi lens.A tough decision has been taken despite the accompanying economic costs. #Salute #SocialSolitude https://t.co/3pG7M9d8xd
— S K Swamy (@skswamy) March 25, 2020
— Mini Nair (@minicnair) March 24, 2020
My fellow citizens,
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC.
Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this.
Together, we will fight COVID-19 and create a healthier India.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2020
A clear and strong message from PM @narendramodi: a national lockdown is critical at this stage. Reflects the lessons drawn from other countries. Social distancing only solution. Self discipline of India must prevail.
Stay home, break the chain.#IndiaFightsCorona
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) March 24, 2020
Spoken like a true national leader. Sincere, convincing, powerful, humble & yet firm. Pleaded with folded hands at least 5 times. And totally non-partisan. Just the kind of message India needed at this juncture.#StayHomeIndia
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) March 24, 2020
As our Honourable Prime Minister, Shri @NarendraModi ji just announced, the whole country is going into a lockdown starting midnight today for the next 21 days. My request will remain the same, PLEASE STAY AT HOME. 🙏🏼 #SocialDistancing is the only cure for Covid 19.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 24, 2020
Social distancing is extremely critical for each and everyone of us to follow for the next 21 days. Please stay at home & wash your hands regularly, and let’s break the chain. Please don’t panic about essentials, the central & state governments will ensure it#IndiaFightsCorona
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 24, 2020
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) March 24, 2020