A deserted road in Delhi on the first day of total lockdown Monday | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A deserted road in Delhi in the wake of the total lockdown in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: On 22 March, during the janata curfew, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani decided to fight the boredom by starting an antakshari on Twitter. Her efforts went viral with Bollywood director Karan Johar, celebrity consultant Suhel Seth and even cabinet colleague Prakash Javadekar joining in. 

Now with a 21-day lockdown in place to battle the coronavirus pandemic, various politicians and public figures have pitched in with suggestions to pass the time,from reading inspirational books, doing yoga and upgrading educational skills online.

Mohan Bhagwat 

RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat has put out a video telling swayamsevaks not to be disappointed that the lockdown will deprive them of their shakhas. He has urged his swayamsevaks to pray at their homes, practice yoga and help their respective district administrations while ensuring social distancing.   

B.L. Santosh 

BJP general secretary (organisation) B.L. Santosh has urged his party workers to call 10 people in their phone books and ensure that they stay at home. Santosh has said that people are only getting used to the lockdown and hence they need to be told to stay home.   

Kiren Rijiju  

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju is a fitness freak and in keeping with his interests has appealed to everyone “to take up the simple exercise of Skipping Rope”. Rijiju tweeted that it was part of the Sports Authority Of India’s #FitIndiaMovement.     


Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank 

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has urged primary, secondary and senior secondary students to make use of the National Repository of Open Educational Resources in different Indian languages in their free time at home. The minister also urged students to enhance their skills through the Swayam Prabha, a set of 32 DTH channels that produce educational content. 


Former BJP general secretary (organisation) has a unique advice for those in lock down. His suggestion to avoid the coronavirus is for people to use the hand that is not their favoured one. “If you are right-handed, then use your left hand to open the door and lift things. If you are left-handed, then use your right hand for daily purposes. This is because you will use your favoured hand to touch your face.” 


Tejasvi Surya 

For the Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya, entertainment during the 21-day lockdown comes from the Congress’ Instagram handle. He tweeted that “they come up with some really hilarious content”. 

Also read: Coronavirus: Latest updates on cases in India, all you need to know about COVID-19



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  1. Well, the suggestions are well-intentioned. None is suggesting to take a sundowner. It is curious that none has suggested reading printed books. Has the habit of reading books become so out-dated? Regrettable.


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