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Right after PM Modi's speech, the announcement triggered panic-buying among the people of the country. However, India Inc saw this step in a different and more positive light.
The top honchos added logic, plans and a bit of humour to the situation, and called it the 'best move'.
Calling the lockdown 'necessary', Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to express concerns about its devastating effects on the homeless, daily wage earners and contract workers. He then suggested a plan to make their lives easier. He proposed that people can arrange daily rations and essentials of at least three less-privileged families to help them get through this time better.
The lockdown’s necessary, but will be devastating for the homeless, daily wage earners&contract workers. If each of… https://t.co/F1jdgzKG14— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) 1585113351000
Marico Chairman Harsh Mariwala looked at the logical side of this situation. He said that 'it takes 21 days to form a new habit' and our time starts now.
They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. We have to stay at home for 21 days. Your time starts now. #21daylockdown #StayHomeStaySafe— Harsh Mariwala (@hcmariwala) 1585118048000
Further, breaking up the lockdown period, he wrote, "of these 21 days, 6 are weekends and 5 are bank holidays. Effectively, it's 21-11 = 10 less days of work." He requested people to just stay home, and the authorities will win the war against this pandemic in those 10 days.
Of the 21 days: 6 are weekends 5 are bank holidays Effectively, it's 21-11 = 10 workdays lesser. 10 days to help… https://t.co/Q5L6r9VBqF— Harsh Mariwala (@hcmariwala) 1585118924000
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder of Paytm, call PM Modi's move 'extraordinary' and the 'best decision for India'. He has currently changed his name on the microblogging site to 'Stay Home, Stay Safe'.
Extraordinary resolve 🇮🇳@narendramodi , simply the best decision for India. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #IndiaFightsCorona— Stay Home, Stay Safe (@vijayshekhar) 1585063934000
Former Google India head and Sequoia Capital India MD, Rajan Anandan, said that this is the worst global health crisis in over 100 years. Thanking PM Modi for the lockdown, he said that the next three weeks are the most-critical weeks in India since Independence.
We are in the worst global health crisis in over 100 years. Next 3 weeks are the most critical weeks in India since… https://t.co/4CrhmhCjHE— Rajan Anandan (@RajanAnandan) 1585066594000
Kunal Shah, Founder of Freecharge and CRED, said he still couldn't believe this was happening. "A virus which is billion times smaller than a human being has billions of humans locked up in fear," he wrote.
Calling the silence addictive, he posed a question if it would be fair to permanently ban honking now.
Still can’t believe all this is really happening. A virus 🦠 which is billion times smaller than a human being has… https://t.co/cF4IHeLdgK— Kunal Shah (@kunalb11) 1585079273000
This silence is addictive. Would be fair to permanently ban honking now?— Kunal Shah (@kunalb11) 1585117604000
OYO Rooms founder Ritesh Agarwal said that the '21-day lockdown is the right decision in the interest of greater good'.
@oyorooms A #21Daylockdown is the right decision in the interest of greater good. OYO will do its best to keep its… https://t.co/Ozq50J4plx— Ritesh Agarwal (@riteshagar) 1585072747000
In a social media post, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon, called it the 'best move', and urged people to be disciplined and co-operate with the authorities. She also stressed on the need for police to enforce the curfew through awareness creation, and show empathy instead of being high-handed.
PM’s call for a 21 day lockdown is the best move to contain the spread of covid19 - needs citizens to be discipline… https://t.co/NzMgbxTddw— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) 1585074246000
"Please sensitise police constables. It would be good if all those who are performing essential services are issued police stamped letters from respective organisations," she pointed out.
Police must show empathy instead of being high handed. @CPBlr please sensitise police constables on this matter.… https://t.co/L9DYvyB4UD— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) 1585108771000
According to a PTI report, the biotech entrepreneur, on Wednesday, said the 21-day nation-wide lockdown is needed from the scientific point of view to collect required testing data to fully understand the severity of the disease. "The government has done the right thing. Scientifically, you need those three weeks," she added.
One has to step up testing as much more data is needed to know the extent of the affected population, those recovering and recovered and the severity of the disease, Mazumdar-Shaw said. She also mentioned that the present period needs to be used to step up testing to collect data.
Vishal Gondal, CEO of GOQii, said that people will remember this decision in the history books as the one which changed the world. "PM Modi, you have not locked 1.3 people in their homes, you have locked coronavirus from entering India," his post read.
Kudos PM @narendramodi you have not Locked 1.3 People you Have Locked #coronavirus from entering India.. This decis… https://t.co/OxZcEX1vNF— Health Coach Vishal Gondal (@vishalgondal) 1585062969000
The War Against Coronavirus: Pichai, Jack Ma, Ambani & Other Top Bosses Show The Way
Ma’s The Word
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (C) showed his benevolent side as he pitched in to help the world fight the novel coronavirus. The founder of e-commerce major, Alibaba, Ma became the most talked about business figure after he said that he would marshall all available resources at his disposal to take on Covid-19. From donating emergency supplies (1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka in Asia to donating 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits in each of the 54 African countries, the 55-year-old proved that he was a good Samaritan whose charity was not mapped by geographical boundaries.
And even as the business magnate didn’t have India in his list of beneficiaries, there was much talk in the country about his act of generosity. And what followed were natural questions: who among India’s rich was doing a Jack Ma?
And it’s not just one individual, but a bunch of lion-hearted boardroom tycoons who have taken the pledge to help fight the virus that has thrown life off-track, in India and across the world.