A groundswell of moral and material support has started pouring in from all over the world to bolster India’s efforts to fight against the second wave of Covid-19 that has overwhelmed its healthcare system.
As a mark of solidarity with a friend, landmarks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were lit in the colours of Indian national flag and slogan ‘India stay strong’ emblazoned on them.
The world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai and the Adnoc headquarters in Abu Dhabi were lit up with the Indian flag as well as the message "Stay Strong India" on Sunday night.#BurjKhalifa pic.twitter.com/Nz84Of6i2R
— Shree (@RavinaRathore15) April 26, 2021
From the not so friendly neighbour came the token gesture of support as #Pakistanstandswithindia was trending in the country where common people, cricketers and movie stars called for helping India in the Covid crisis. Edhi Foundation, one of the most well-known NGOs of Pakistan even offered to help India in its difficult time.
However, the sweetest gesture of support came from Mangolia, where two persons – probably airline staff- dressed in PPE kits held the flags of India and Mangolia and a placard with slogan ‘Never give up, India’ posing in front of the plane of a domestic carrier Hunnu.
Mangolian Air crew showing support for India
The USA, European Union, France among others came forward to help India amidst the worst phase of pandemic.
UK Prime Minister Borris Johnson extended his support and said his country stood with India in this crisis. he said on twitter:
We stand side by side with India in the shared fight against COVID-19. Vital medical equipment is on its way from the UK to India to help stop the tragic loss of life from the virus and we’ll continue to work closely with the Indian government during this difficult time.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 25, 2021
While leaders of major countries took to Twitter to express their solidarity with India, many remembring how Indianhad opened its hearts to send medicines to all the countries in the beginning of the pandemic, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaiman of the organization of eastern carribean State (OECS)and prime minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, conveyed his message of support on behlf of smaller caribbean countries with India.
As Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, I wish to affirm that we stand united with India in the hour of need. @narendramodi @PMOIndia @MEAIndia https://t.co/L7n52y2fAH
— Roosevelt Skerrit (@SkerritR) April 25, 2021
Israel is working towards cobbling a shipment of medical equipment, oxygen supplies, and various drugs, in response to unofficial request made to embassy in New Dehli, Kan public broadcaster reported in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital said in a statement Sunday that it had approached the health and foreign ministries asking for approval to immediately send a consignment of aid equipment and manpower to India to assist with the crisis.
“In my opinion, this is the correct and moral thing to do at this time,” said Ichilov Hospital Director Ronni Gamzu, Israel’s former coronavirus czar.
In the meanwhile Turkey's foreign Minister also called Minister of Extermnal Affairs S Jaishankar.
Jaishankar said the two discussed the Covid and possible mutual cooperation on it along with Afghanistan.
Received a call of solidarity from Turkish FM @MevlutCavusoglu. His country is going through its own COVID challenges. Discussed our cooperation in the health sector. Also exchanged views on Afghanistan.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) April 26, 2021