As ditching handshakes is gaining currency in the wake of coronavirus outbreak across the world, with international sportspersons endorsing fist bumps instead, Bollywood stars and India’s leading sportspersons are calling on their fans and social media followers to do the traditional Namaste to greet each other. Namaste is the customary Indian way of greeting people with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu @netanyahu encourages Israelis to adopt the Indian way of greeting #Namaste at a press conference to mitigate the spread of #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/gtSKzBDjl4— India in Israel (@indemtel) March 4, 2020
Of late I am being told by lots of people to keep washing hands to prevent any kind of infection. I do that in any case. But also want to suggest the age old Indian way of greeting people called #Namaste. It is hygienic, friendly & centres your energies. Try it. #caronavirus pic.twitter.com/ix7e6S8Abp— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) March 3, 2020