Chennai: “This time your vision failed”, said Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan said in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the implementation of the 21-day national lockdown, which was imposed to arrest the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
He said the “strict and immediate” lockdown was “almost demonetisation style.” “You ordered an entire nation of 1.4 billion people to shut down within 4 hours,” he said.
“A mere 4 hour notice period for the people when you had a 4 month notice period… My biggest fear is that the same mistake of demonetisation is being repeated albeit at a much bigger scale.”
Kamal Hassan said that on one hand the Prime Minister was asking the more privileged people to put up a spectacle of lights while on the other hand the poor man’s plight was becoming a shameful spectacle. He said that while everyone would comply with his (the PM’s) wishes and orders, this compliance must not be confused as subjugation.