After Israel PM, French President Macron refuses to shake hands, says Namaste

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged his countrymen to greet people with the ‘Namaste‘ instead of the normal handshake amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Recently, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Paris where President Macron greeted them with an Indian-style namaste, instead of the traditional handshake. Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also urged his countrymen to greet people with the ‘Namaste‘ instead of the normal handshake.

At a time where COVID-19 has created an atmosphere of fear in the world, other countries believe that Namaste is the best way of greeting others to avoid close contact with people. Leaders from all over the world consider ‘Namaste’ a good vaccination to prevent the spread of the virus.

President Macron has requested other countries from across the world to come together to combat the coronavirus, as it has spread over 100 countries across the globe.

As many as 2,284 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in France so far, making it the second-highest in Europe, after Italy. As for Italy, more than 12,000 people have been infected with COVID-19. Spain, on the other hand, has 2,124 confirmed cases of the virus.

Macron said that The government is taking all steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but we must adopt Indian way of greeting people in which we have to make a habit to say Namaste in our daily life instead of a regular handshake.

Namaste is a Sanskrit word which is used by Indian people at the time of greeting others. It is widely used in Buddhist culture and also used while performing yoga asanas. Namaste has enormous advantages like when we join our hands together, the energy functions as one. It brings together positive and negative energy which is in our body

President Macron asserted that it is time to adopt ‘Namaste’ instead of a handshake. People should avoid handshake and greet each other by saying Namaste. Macron himself said Namaste in order to encourage French citizens so that they could use Namaste in their daily life.

“We are only at the beginning of the epidemic. Everywhere in Europe it is accelerating,” Macron said. We do not want to become another Italy. However, we have taken significant steps to curb the dangerous disease, said Macron.

France is not the only country to encourage people to greet each other using Namaste, but other countries have also adopted the same way of greeting people. The world knows that the deadly virus has already spread more than 100 countries across the globe. The outbreak has taken over 4,000 lives so far and over 1.6 lakh have been infected with it.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.