By Arré Bench Mar. 23, 2020
As people beat their bartans with manic fervour, an apparently homeless man joined in by clapping to the beats. Unlike the covidiots who willingly, and foolishly so, stepped out of their homes, this man likely didn’t even have the privilege to make a choice for himself.
PM Modi’s Janata Curfew yesterday was almost a success. When the day began, the lack of people and vehicles moving about made nature glow, with bird songs replacing traffic noise. That is, until the clock struck 5 pm and all hell seemed to have broken loose. While the Thali Bajao event’s theme of solidarity and support could be considered kind, it was also pretty ignorant at its worst. Instead of staying indoors and cheering for the health officials, groups of people took to the streets to seemingly clank away COVID-19, while chanting “Go corona! Corona go!” and posting the videos to social media.
Amid the (literal) clamour of the #ThaliBajao campaign surfaced the most heartbreaking video of the day.
— Siddharth Sharma (@sidspin) March 22, 2020
As people beat their bartans with manic fervour, the man as seen in the video above heard the distant sounds and joined in by clapping to the beats. Unlike the covidiots who willingly, and foolishly so, stepped out of their homes, this man likely didn’t even have the privilege to make a choice for himself.
…….really worried about economically poor people like him……rich people became infected and brought the virus to his vicinity……..I suppose , he can't even quarantine himself for lack of means………sad
— sadhu (@sadhuken1979) March 22, 2020
When people with easy access to services thoughtlessly bring harm to others around them — like singer Kanika Kapoor, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was seen days before partying at a bash with BJP leader Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant — it’s the lesser privileged that face the harsher consequences.
But the people marvelling at the man’s “positivity” even in grim circumstances don’t quite realise that this man, like many people of his economic status or lack thereof, are helpless and are left with no alternative.
That video doesn't show "his positivity", it's shows his vulnerability. Sadly, even his poverty became marketing material for the middle class.
— NN (@Nrshhnk) March 22, 2020
Because he should be isolating himself but can't? It's claps of desperation.
— Honnasiri (@honnasiri) March 23, 2020
The world, however, might not be as dark as it seems. Multiple users reacted to the video with concern towards the underprivileged, and are hoping to reach out and provide them the basic necessity.
I am going to do my bit….
I've asked my mom to make donations on my behalf to whichever local organizations she wants for people who will be affected from coronavirus in India.
She always does charity/ social work via her community.
We are all in this together!
— Sunrise *Social Distancing Works* Covid19 (@sunnrise2014) March 23, 2020
— Crux (@Crux) March 19, 2020
The much-publicised Janata Curfew event showed us that while the haves made a mockery of what was being asked of them, the have-nots continue to suffer and yet, stay humble.
As a Twitter user Pallavi Sharma wrote, “Gratitude is a privilege very few are blessed with.”
Gratitude is a privilege very few are blessed with.
— Pallavi Sharma (@Pallavi_3) March 22, 2020