Millions across the country lit lamps and flashed torchlights in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to display the country’s resolve to fight coronavirus.
In many parts across the country, crackers too were burst and street lights were turned off. On Sunday, cases across India crossed 4,100. Modi had on Friday urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday.
Politicians including Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and various Chief Ministers took part. Celebrities also tweeted their support.
Crackers were burst in many locations across the country, and was met with criticism. Apart from fireworks, thalis, whistles and police sirens were heard. At some places, Hindu devotional songs, mantras and national anthem were also played.