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‘Janata Curfew’ Anniversary: When Indians clapped hands & banged utensils, Twitter remembers the day with memes
While many might have thought that Covid-19 would be a thing of past, several Indian states are reporting a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases.
It was exactly a year ago, on March 22, that a 14-hour-long ‘Janata Curfew’ was imposed in India in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases. In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a 14-hour-long ‘Janata Curfew’, that was seen as a way to prepare Indian citizens for an unprecedented lockdown. Urging citizens to observe ‘Janta Curfew’ from 7 am to 9 pm, PM Modi in his speech said, “Today, I seek some more cooperation from every citizen. It is Janta Curfew, a curfew for the people and imposed by the people themselves.”
Responding to the call by the Prime Minister, citizens clapped their hands and rang bells at 5 pm to thank doctors and professionals of other essential services for their selfless services during the pandemic. Millions of Indians stood in balconies, windows and on terraces of their houses and clapped their hands, banged plates and pans to salute those participating in the war against coronavirus. Following the Janta curfew announcement, PM Modi also addressed the nation on March 24.
Now, a year later, Indians are remembering the day and sharing their memories on Twitter, along with hilarious memes and jokes. While many might have thought that Covid-19 would be a thing of past, several Indian states are reporting a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases.