Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said winning the war against coronavirus will take 21 days as opposed to the 18 days taken to win the epic war of Mahabharata underlining the enormity of the challenge posed by the disease that has brought the world to its knees.
He added that while Lord Krishna had guided the Pandavas to victory, the nation was today being guided by its 1.3 billion citizens, reports Hindustan Times.
Modi made the remarks while addressing his constituency of Varanasi on Wednesday and said the ancient city of 'Kashi' –the other name for Varanasi can take the lead in teaching the rest of the country the value of restraint, resolve and kindness.
The Indian PM added that the country needed divine blessings on the first day of Hindu festival of 'Chaitra Navratri' to win the fight against coronavirus.
He then opened the session for an interaction over coronavirus with the residents of the constituency.
Narendra Modi had announced a 21-day national lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday and stressed on the need for citizens to follow social distancing as the only way to stop the pandemic from wreaking further havoc in India.
He said not following the lockdown norms set out by the state and Central governments would cost the country heavily and failure to stay at home for the duration of lockdown could set the country back by 21 years.