Daniel Weber, Sunny Leone`s husband recently started Instagram live series in which he talks about the current situation in India and how to be hopeful during this time.
He invited filmmaker and writer Vikram Bhatt as his guest for the third session to discuss ways and means for people to stay positive during this time. Vikram Bhatt’s daughter Krishna was also a part of the chat.
During the conversation, Vikram talked about the WhatsApp forwards and how social media is powerful and connects resources with people.
He said, “At some point, we have to start making ourselves accountable for what we’re going through. The pandemic in its second wave is worse because it has penetrated into the villages. The numbers barely reflect the ground realities. We have to blame ourselves for this. The way out of this is to follow SOPs, and follow science to the T.”
“There are WhatsApp groups and millions of forwards which talk about remedies and preventive measures. Please don’t resort to hearsay. There’s a lot of misinformation. The thing that makes me happy in this grim scenario is the way people are helping one another through social media. Strangers are reaching out to each other through social media. Oxygen langars, food providers, volunteers helping ends meet…This is the real India. We saw a glimpse of that when Mumbai experienced a deluge in July 2005. This spirit of humanity and science will beat this virus,” added Vikram.
Talking about the initiative, Daniel said, “There’s a reason I started this daily chat in which we talk about stories of hope. It’s important to discuss the good that citizens are doing for each other without even knowing one another’s names. It took a pandemic for people to realise that their strength lies in standing united as a force. The stories of how people have gone out of their way to help one another and act bravely in these times are essential to keep hope alive.”