NEW DELHI: Indian sports stars came out in large numbers, individually in their homes on Sunday at 9 pm, joining millions of fellow citizens, to show solidarity with each other in the battle against COVID-19 and salute the commitment of lakhs of sanitation warriors, health care professionals and others who are in the front lines in the battle against the deadly virus.
From cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh to six time World champion boxer MC Mary Kom, the stars lit diyas and candles at 9 pm for nine minutes as appealed for by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“My family & I thank the selfless #SanitationWarriors cleaning our surroundings & hospitals, disinfecting affected areas & thus keeping the virus at bay. Let’s also reignite our pledge to take care of our elders, the most vulnerable – by ensuring their physical & mental wellness,” Tendulkar wrote while sharing a family picture with lights.
My family & I thank the selfless #SanitationWarriors cleaning our surroundings & hospitals, disinfecting affected a… https://t.co/9WEeL1HQZB
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1586102787000
“Let’s stand in solidarity & beat this terrible time the whole world is going through. We can do it India!,” Raina wrote on his Twitter handle while sharing a picture of his family lighting diyas.
#9बजे9मिनट, let’s stand is solidarity & beat this terrible time the whole world is going through. We can do it Indi… https://t.co/ByT2CM2gmH
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) 1586101264000
“In solidarity with each and every single person who is playing their part. We are all in this together and shall overcome this soon. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih,” Sehwag wrote while sharing his photo.
In solidarity with each and every single person who is playing their part. We are all in this together and shall ov… https://t.co/X5zV3b57BU
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1586101370000
“There is always a light at the end of every tunnel.. together we stand for better tomorrow.. God bless us all,” Harbhajan wrote.
There is always a light at the end of every tunnel.. together we stand 🇮🇳 for better tomorrow.. God bless us all 🙏… https://t.co/jNipB5ZlcM
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 1586101876000
“In solidarity toward #IndiaFightsCoronavirus #9MinutesForIndia,” Mary Kom wrote.
In solidarity toward #IndiaFightsCoronavirus #9MinutesForIndia. https://t.co/y2OIFiGWTH
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) 1586102424000
Mary Kom lights mobile torch to support fight against COVID-19
Other prominent Indian athletes like three-time Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh Sr, star wrestler Bajrang Punia, boxer Amit Panghal and Olympic bronze medal winning wrestler Sakshi Malik also answered the Prime Minister’s call.
#StayHomeStaySafe #PrayersToTheAlmighty https://t.co/P6Jr5F56iB
— Balbir Singh Sr. (@BalbirSenior) 1586105104000
मैंने अपने परिवार के साथ प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi की मुहिम का पालन किया है आशा करता हूं आप ने भी किया होगा 🙏🏽 जय… https://t.co/T0UZex2y5P
— Bajrang Punia 🇮🇳 (@BajrangPunia) 1586101542000
Stay United #9बजे9मिनट #Diwali #9bje9minute #DiyaJalaoBharatJodo @narendramodi @mlkhattar @AjaySingh_SG… https://t.co/nWAzXyG2MQ
— Amit Panghal (@Boxerpanghal) 1586102372000
एक दीया देश के नाम 🙏🏻#9pm9minutes @narendramodi @KirenRijiju https://t.co/mVTg99sKjN
— Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) 1586101099000
🙏🙏🙏 #9pm9minutes https://t.co/PrgZP3zCWD
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 1586100524000
Hima Das lights diyas to show support in the battle against COVID-19
We all are together in these difficult times #IndiaFightsCornona #9बजे9मिनट @narendramodi @PMOIndia @KirenRijiju https://t.co/HtlAvTUcFe
— Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) 1586103280000
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) 1586101351000
✨ 🙏🏻 https://t.co/eWk1zv8bY6
— Ashwini Ponnappa (@P9Ashwini) 1586101621000
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) 1586102551000
चलो जलाऐ एक दीया देश के नाम 🪔 @narendramodi @KirenRijiju #IndiaFightsCorona https://t.co/QpVmCVfjvi
— Pooja Dhanda (@poojadhanda0007) 1586099978000
Manika Batra lights diyas to show support in the battle against COVID-19
Wonderful to see the entire country come together to show our heartful gratitude and support for the healthcare sta… https://t.co/w9M1f3FAsC
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) 1586102358000
प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी के आह्वान पर…यह दीया देश के स्वास्थ्यकर्मियों के लिए, फौजियों के लिएपुलिसकर्… https://t.co/sEH4Z4hGBt
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) 1586102264000
ଦେଶ ପାଇଁ 9 ମିନିଟ୍ 9 ଦୀପ https://t.co/LNokGtk6SH
— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) 1586101335000
— Joshna Chinappa (@joshnachinappa) 1586101924000
It was another show of solidarity by Indians across the country, as house lights were switched off for nine minutes and diyas and candles were lit to show that every Indian is standing together in this tough fight in what are unprecedented times.
Source : timesofindia