I seek forgiveness for harsh decisions on coronavirus lockdown: Modi

Cheryl Sanders
March 29, 2020

In his monthly radio program "Mann ki Baat", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday apologised for the unprecedented 21-day nationwide lockdown saying harsh steps had to be taken to curb the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease from spreading in the country. Addressing his monthly radio show "Mann Ki Baat", the prime minister said that the battle against COVID-19 is a tough one and it required harsh decisions. "I will tell such people that not following restrictions will make it very hard for you to escape the coronavirus", Modi said. "Stay at home with your family, be careful and safe, we need to win this battle". The prime minister said that he was aware of the fact that poor were angry with him, but he had no choice other than calling for the lockdown in order to defeat coronavirus.

The PM started off his address by apologising for the extreme steps taken by his administration in the battle against COVID-19.

He also praised bank employees, grocers, e-commerce delivery personnel, and IT people who are working during the lockdown. "(We will meet for Mann Ki Baat once again next month and by then, we would have won the war against Corona)", he concluded.

The PM was also disdainful of those who are "misbehaving with people who are home quarantined or have tested positive".

Referring to the reports of harassment of those in quarantine, the prime minister urged people to practice social distancing and not emotional or human distancing. These people are not criminals.

The Prime Minister also acknowledged the work being done by the all the nurses, doctors and paramedical staff involved in looking after the victims of coronavirus and thanked them for their undying support and dedication towards fighting this pandemic. When people are taking responsibility themselves, behaving badly with them is not justified.

"We have to understand that social distancing does not mean the end of social interaction", Modi said. He said that it was unfair to discriminate with people in mandatory isolation as they were only taking precautions.

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