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Mar 29, 2020

Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi urges people to maintain social distance, not emotional distance to deal with COVID-19

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that social distancing is the most effective way of fighting against COVID-19 and by complying with the lockdown, people are protecting themselves. Sharing his thoughts in the 'Mann Ki Baat' Programme of All India Radio today, Mr. Modi said, everyone has to protect themselves and their families and for the next many days, they have to abide by the Lakshman Rekha. 

He said, the determination and restraint of each Indian will aid in facing the crisis. Mr Modi said, mankind will have to rise unitedly in the resolve to exterminate this virus which poses a  threat to annihilate the human race.

The Prime Minister said, in order to battle Corona in a country of 130 crore people, there was no other option but to go for lockdown. He emphasized that the fight against Corona is between life and death and that is why such strong measures had to be resorted to. Mr Modi said, looking at what the world is going through, this was the only way left. He said, the safety of people has to be ensured. He apologized for any inconvenience or hardship caused to the people.

Mr. Modi said, those breaking the rules during the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 are playing with their lives. He made it clear that those who do not comply with the lockdown rule should understand that it will be difficult to save ourselves from the scourge of the Corona virus. The Prime Minister said, the world over, many people nursed this delusion and all of them are regretting now.

Mr Narendra Modi said, since the battle against corona is unprecedented as well as challenging, the decisions being taken during this time are unheard of, in world history. The Prime Minister said, the steps being taken by Indians to stop the spread of corona and the efforts being made, will ensure that India conquers the pandemic. 

Mr Modi said, our sympathy for the poor should also be far greater. Our humanity stems from the fact that whenever we see a poor or hungry person, we first try and feed them in this time of crisis. He said, we should think of their needs and India can do it as it is part of its values and culture. The Prime Minister cited an adage which means, an illness and its scourge should be nipped in the bud itself. However, when it becomes incurable its treatment is very difficult.

The Prime Minister said, Coronavirus has incarcerated the world and it is posing a challenge to knowledge, science, the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak alike. He told that the virus is not confined to any nation's borders, nor does it make distinction of region or season. Underlining the foremost concern in everyone’s mind across the globe about the catastrophic Coronavirus pandemic, he said this is the reason why he has confined to this issue in this edition of Mann Ki Baat.

Mr Modi extended a heartfelt apology to all countrymen and said he strongly feels from the core of his heart that the people will forgive him because he had to take certain decisions may be resulting in myriad hardships. He specially mentioned the underprivileged brothers and sisters and said, he fully understands what they are going through. Citing another adage, he said good health is the greatest fortune and health is the only way to happiness in the world.

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