New Delhi, 8th March 2020: A cultural procession for health named ‘Namaste March’ , the first-ever of its kind, was taken out in the vicinity of Laxmi Nagar in the national capital on Saturday. The move was to make people aware about the ways to ward off the Communicable Covid-19, that is wreaking havoc all over the world, an Asian country being its epicenter .
The awareness-awakening march was set off under the social leadership of noted author and activist Dr Birbal Jha. Mr Jha, while leading the march to the front, appealed both national and international audiences to revert to (or adopt in case of foreign nationals) the Indian culture of greeting, popularly known as Namaste, instead of other popular forms of greetings that necessitate hand-contact or hugging or any kind of physical contacts.
“Don’t scare the people, rather show care for them so that we can educate people about the spread of this virus, making ourselves safe and face this global menace together.”
Delving deep into Indian Tradition of Greeting, the Paagman of India further added, “ the yogic Namaste, taken from Anjali Mudra of Pranamasana, meaning I bow to the divine in you is preventive. It is also curative in the sense that it helps progression of the virus. Lesser the number of people affected by this virus, greater becomes the rate of survival.
Arvind Kejrival, on a press conference today itself, talked about the number of people the affected persons(6) hobnobbed with. It varied from 5 to more than 100. Had there been Namaste practice in place, the job of the government could have become easier and more focused could have been the treatment of the affected people.
In this way, it will not be a hyperbole to say that Namaste is both Preventive and Curative, added Dr. Birbal Jha, Director of British Lingua.
“The exclamatory Namaskar, a very important part of the Indian culture, has been in practice since the Rig Veda Era. Importantly, Rig Veda is revered for paving the way for cheerfulness and the wellbeing of the mankind. Hence, this ‘Namaste March’ has a lot to offer to the world given physical contacts being medically disallowed and therefore being frowned at”, added social entrepreneur Dr Jha leading youth in hundreds.
Youth clinging placards to their chests and putting their palms together onto their hearts made beeline on the roadside of Vikas Marg in East Delhi to send out a message of how to fight with coronavirus originated from China. A placard in their hands reads ‘no handshaking, please, say only Namaste, please whereas another says, ‘stick to the Indian culture of greetings, beware of western meetings! Others include ‘no embracing, no infection, no hugging, and no contagion. Such was a dozen of slogans giving the message to passersby on the busy road of Delhi on the day.
“I am happy to be part of this mass movement for the protection of mankind under the aegis of British Lingua which has spearheaded this campaign, promoting Indian culture and ethos on the one hand and the safety of human lives on the other”, said the Stephanian, Vinod Sukheja.
Underlining the significance of Indian culture, social worker Ramakant Chaudhary said, “Indian culture always talks about being hygiene and keeping the surrounding clean to welcome God. Where there is proper sanitation, there is the least chance of bacteria-virus infestation. We should maintain a habit of cleanliness and battle with Coronavirus.”
Hundreds of students and local residents including intelligentsia took part in the crusade wherein traffic police also chipped in to add value to the Namaste March, appreciating the awareness campaign.