Wednesday, February 21

World Leaders Prefer Indian ‘Namaste’ Amid Coronavirus Outbreak



Amid the coronavirus outbreak that is gripping the world, people are adopting India’s greeting style “Namaste” to limit the spread of the deadly virus.

United States’ President Donald Trump greeted Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar with a ‘namaste’ instead of a formal handshake at the Oval Office on Thursday, ahead of St. Patrick’s Day.

Prince Charles was seen greeting people with a ‘Namaste’ at the annual Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 at the London Palladium.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday used India’s traditional greeting style “Namaste” to welcome the Spanish King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

French President Macron’s decision to greet people with ‘Namaste’ is on the lines of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had also similarly urged the citizens of his country to adopt ‘Namaste’ amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Health officials have warned against handshaking and advised people to ‘social distance’ to protect themselves against the coronavirus.