Mann Ki Baat: Modi seeks ‘forgiveness’ for tough decisions taken to fight coronavirus
March 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought the nation’s
forgiveness for imposing a monumental lockdown on the country, but said
“we have to win … and we will definitely win the battle” against
the unprecedented menace of coronavirus that has claimed 25 lives in India so
the country during his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme, Modi sought
“forgiveness” from country, especially the poor.
there was no other option but to take the most difficult decision of nationwide
lockdown to beat the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said
inevitable social distancing does not mean that one also goes for “emotional”
and “human” distancing.
about reported cases of people ill-treating those, who have been found Covid-19
positive or have gone in for “self-isolation” to save others from getting
infected Modi said, “I request you not do this. I have asked you not to venture
out in open, but this does not mean that you can’t enter within yourself. This
is time to introspect and reflect and contribute to saving humanity.”
Minister was very particular in offering an apology for the decision he took to
ask people to remain within the limits of their respective homes.
was the only answer in the war between life and death after watching the
experiences world over. We need to attack the disease in its first phase only,
otherwise, we would not have any solution, as this virus has come to annihilate
the whole of humanity,” the PM said.
he wanted that those who are breaking the lockdown rules should see, how in
other parts of the world, where it was not taken seriously and what happened to
them. “Even in the developed countries, they are suffering, as they did not
take precaution beforehand,” he said.
health is a source of all happiness, the PM also talked to two coronavirus
positive individuals, who got cured after treatment during the programme and
said, they are also the heroes, who showcase the resolve of overcoming the
He said, he
talked to a number of such people, who were affected and got cured. Talking to
Ramgampa Teja, an IT professional from Hyderabad, the PM asked him to share his
experience and thoughts. “Initially I got scared once found positive after
coming back from Dubai. But doctors and nurses made me comfortable while I was
in the hospital for 14 days. After my reports became negative I was released
from the hospital, but I still follow the instructions of the doctors and are
living in house isolation,” Ramgampa said.
spoke to Ashok Kapoor, a shoes manufacturer from Agra, whose entire family were
found coronavirus positive but got cured after being admitted to Safdarjung
hospital in Delhi. The PM asked him also to share his thoughts and experience.
Kapoor said, “My two sons and son-in-law had gone to Italy for business
purposes. First, my son-in-law was found positive and then my two sons too. But
since they were in contact with us after coming back, the four other members of
the family also got tested and found to be positive. All of us were then
shifted to Safdarjung Hospital, where we were treated well and now all of us
are negative. We are now educating people in our locality and trying to help everyone
sharing our experience.”
Minister during the programme also talked to a number of doctors from Delhi and
Pune and asked them to share their pieces of advice to people. Dr Nitish Gupta
talked particularly about counselling the patients, as “we are ensuring that
they find the courage to fight the infection and also do not carry back home
talked about other frontline warriors of Covid-19 who included
Safaikaramcharis, banking professionals, grocers, drivers, who are ensuring to
maintain the supply chain of essential goods, e-commerce delivery boys and
others. He said, “All of them are doing a great job.”