PM Modi tweets video of Vajpayee's poetry, says aao diya jalaein
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted moving footage today of the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee reciting a poem (see below), in an effort to gather support for a planned national show of solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
In a special address this week, PM Modi asked Indians to light diyas and candles (or use phone flashlights) during a voluntary nine-minute blackout at 9 pm on Sunday. "In that light, in that lustre, in that radiance, let us resolve in our minds that we are not alone, that no one is alone," he said.
The appeal drew immediate criticism, especially from opposition leaders who felt economic worries exacerbated by a three-week lockdown imposed to fight the virus were among more pressing concerns.
"Symbolism is important, but serious thought to ideas and measures is equally important," said P Chidambaram, a former Union Minister of Finance.
In a tweet posted after his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the feeling of "oneness" created by the Sunday exercise would "strengthen our resolve in our fight against the pandemic".
Today, he shared footage of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee reciting a poem with the refrain, "Aao, phir se diya jalaein."
आओ दीया जलाएं। pic.twitter.com/6sc5bplbVy— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 4, 2020