The outbreak of coronavirus is an unprecedented human and economic catastrophe. This pandemic has become the defining event and cause significant dislocations for businesses and consumers. Life has come to a standstill. All the countries are under lockdown with all businesses shut. Thousands of people have lost their lives and millions are affected from this deadly virus all over the world.
While the whole world is battling this deadly pandemic, some Indian traditions and methods are helping the world to fight against this deadly virus.
You can hug, air-kiss or shake hands of course. But in the age of the coronavirus, the world, is looking at the traditional Indian ‘namaste’ to greet, convey respect and also maintain a safe distance.
Several world leaders and others are now using the simple joining of hands to say Hello and Hi the Indian way with the ‘namaste’. So it’s no more ‘hello’, but ‘namaste’.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has encouraged the use of namaste as the no-contact way of greeting.
Not a tradition, but this magic drug is mass produced in India. Used for treating rheumatoid arthritis and malaria, India is one of the largest producers of HCQ in the world. Global rush for HCQ forced India to put restrictions on its export and that of several other drugs.
India was coerced by the USA President Donald Trump to call off the ban on exports. He even hinted at retaliatory action if demands were not met. The drug has shown promise but the results in an anti-Coronavirus trial were inconclusive. Trump has called hydroxychloroquine a “game-changer” drug in the fight against coronavirus.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro thanked Modi after New Delhi decided to ship the medicines.
“JUST AS LORD HANUMAN BROUGHT THE HOLY MEDICINE FROM THE HIMALAYAS TO SAVE THE LIFE OF LORD RAMA’S BROTHER LAKSHMANA, INDIA AND BRAZIL WILL OVERCOME THIS GLOBAL CRISIS BY JOINING FORCES.”
Even WHO praised India for its efforts.
Now that the ban has been lifted, India will supply paracetamol and hydroxychloroquine in “appropriate quantities” to all neighbouring countries and nations who badly need the medicines in wake of coronavirus crisis. “After having confirmed the availability of medicines for all possible contingencies currently envisaged, these restrictions have been largely lifted,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.
In the hardest-hit nations, the outbreak has forced officials to make tough decisions regarding the storage, disposal, and burial of the dead left in its wake. Traditional funerals have all but been eliminated for fear of spreading the illness, forcing mourners to grieve at a distance.
Sri Lankan government issued regulations on stating that all victims who died of the coronavirus must be cremated. Irrespective of faith, a Coronavirus victim will be cremated to prevent the possible spread of the virus through burial, which could further contaminate underground water tables.
Countries are rising above religion to ensure the safety of their citizens. However, cremation is a widely used tradition in some Indian communities.
4- Strict Lockdown
The “Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker” has identified India’s response to Covid-19 as one of the most stringent in the world. This data are based on tracking 73 countries. This tracker is created by researchers from Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The tracker is designed to systematically record government responses worldwide and aggregate the scores into a common ‘Stringency Index’.
According to Oxford tracker India has been a relatively better performer on the various indices an indication that the response was swift in dealing with the pandemic while other countries were slow to adopt measures. India, along with Israel, Mauritius, New Zealand and South Africa have scored a perfect 100.
Indian government has extended the lockdown till May 3, which was formerly till April 14.
With gyms temporarily shut, exercising at home is the only option left. The spread of Covid-19 has put the focus on building immunity, and yoga, I believe, if done properly contributes immensely to immunity building. The Harvard Medical School recommended yoga and meditation to deal with the coronavirus anxiety.
Yoga is associated with the culture and heritage of India. Yoga indeed is an integral part of Indian culture and changes in the same has been observed in each period of the history. So be a part of the true India and learn yoga for the betterment of body and soul.