NEW DELHI, April 26 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India�s �people-driven� battle against COVID-19 is the only way for the country to overcome the pandemic, and asked people to shun any complacency that they will not be infected by the coronavirus because it has so far not affected the places where they live or work.
In his monthly Mann ki Baat broadcast, Modi said the country is in the middle of a yudh (war) and asserted that people have to continue being careful and take precautions.
His note of caution comes against the backdrop of the Union government and states relaxing lockdown norms to revive economic activities.
�I urge you not to get overconfident. You should in your over-enthusiasm not think that if the coronavirus has not yet reached your city, village, street or office, it is not going to reach now. Never make such a mistake. The experience of the world tells us a lot in this regard,� he said.
Modi referred to a popular Hindi idiom Sawdhani hati, durghatna ghati (accident happens when caution is lowered) to make his point.
In his 30-minute address, Modi hailed states, emergency workers and civil society groups for their contribution in combating the pandemic, and said that the resolve shown by the people of the country has led to the beginning of a transformation with businesses, offices, educational institutions, medical sector rapidly undergoing new changes.
With the country under a lockdown since March 24 midnight, he said India�s people-driven battle against the pandemic will be discussed when the world discusses the crisis later.
�India�s fight against the coronavirus is people-driven in the truest sense of the term. Along with people, government and administration are fighting it as well... This is the only way we can win over the virus,� he said.
Citing a Sanskrit shloka, he said. �Fire, debt and illness, if taken lightly, grow again at the first opportunity, assuming dangerous proportions, so it is important to treat them completely. Therefore, in over-enthusiasm, there should be no negligence. We will always have to remain cautious.� � PTI