Today, India is gearing up for 9-minute challenge where they are supposed to light earthen lamps, light candles and can even switch on their phone’s flashlight at 9 PM today for 9 minutes. The challenge was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a gesture of solidarity  to end the ‘darkness’ of the novel coronavirus. Also Read - On Call, PM Modi Discusses COVID-19 Situation With Former Presidents, PMs, Political Leaders

Now, many netizens have started a meme fest on social media. While many opposed the decision and said that they will not switch off the lights, others compared it with PM Modi bringing Diwali in the month of April. Also Read - As Modi, Trump Spoke on Coronavirus, Yoga And Ayurveda Were on Focus

One user tweeted, “A humble request to you all. Today at nine o’clock, turn off all the lights of the house, stand in the door or balcony of the house and light a candle, lamp or flashlight or mobile flashlight for nine minutes #FightAgainstCoronavirus @PMOIndia @narendramodi #9बजे9मिनट.” (sic) Also Read - Kamal Haasan 'Expected' PM Narendra Modi to Speak About More Important Things, Tweet in Kannada Goes Viral

Another Twitterati wrote, “Let’s show the world, we stand as one..let’s show the health warriors be stand behind them..light to fight.. 9pm9minFolded handsFolded handsFolded hands#9बजे9मिनट.” (sic)

Check out the memes here:


Earlier today, PM Modi and Home Minister took to Twitter to remind citizens to switch off the lights for 9 minutes and 9 pm. While Modi tweeted, “9pm-9 minutes”, Amit Shah wrote, “tonight at 9 o’clock nine minutes”.

Earlier on April 3, the Prime Minister had urged 130 crore to light lamps, candles or flash mobile or torch light for nine minutes at their homes from 9 pm on Sunday to display the country’s “collective resolve” to defeat the coronavirus.