Geneva: In the time of darkness, a beam of light and a message of hope from the Swiss Alps reached all the way to India as the country struggles with the deadly virus Covid-19.
One of the highest peaks in Switzerland, the Matterhorn mountain in the Alps was lit up with Indian Tricolour to express solidarity as people face the alarming spread of the deadly virus which has killed more than 1,50,000 and infected over 2.4 million people globally.
“As one of the most populous countries in the world, India is suffering from Corona crisis. The challenges in such a large country are immense. The Indian flag on the matterhorn is intended to express our solidarity and give hope and strength to all the Indian”, the tourism organisation Zermatt Matterhorn wrote on its Facebook page.
Light artist Gerry Hofsetter projected the Tricolour onto the 14,692 foot tall peak in the Apls.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the pictures on Twitter and wrote,” The World is fighting Covid-19 together. Humanity will surely overcome this pandemic”.
The world is fighting COVID-19 together.
Humanity will surely overcome this pandemic. https://t.co/7Kgwp1TU6A
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 18, 2020
The pictures of the mountain projecting the Indian flag were also shared bu Gurleen kaur, Indian Foreign Service officer who is based in Geneva and tweeted, “Friendship from Himalayas to Alps, Thank you @zermatt_tourism”.
Switzerland expresses solidarity with India in its fight against #COVID19. Swiss mountain of #Matterhorn lit in tricolour. Friendship from Himalayas to Alps 🇮🇳🏔🇨🇭
Thank you @zermatt_tourism#Together_against_Corona @IndiainSwiss @MEAIndia @IndiaUNGeneva pic.twitter.com/O84dBkPfti
— Gurleen Kaur (@gurleenmalik) April 18, 2020
The hashtags #stayhome and #hope and a heart have also been displayed on the mountain.