Greeting With A ‘Namaste’ Or ‘Salaam’ In Times Of Corona

This post is a part of YKA’s dedicated coverage of the novel coronavirus outbreak and aims to present factual, reliable information. Read more.

The Amazon forest is as crucial for us as cleanliness of our surroundings. These days, we are struggling with the deadly disease of coronavirus across the world. Life at present is not possible without a mask that has become a fashion commodity to strengthen our survival on this living planet. The deep dread of this virus has snatched our opportunity to consume non-veg diets or engage in even a simple handshake, and kissing and hugging have become totally distasteful.

In the meantime, Kim Kardashian has shared a passage from the 2008 book, ‘End of Days’ written by late Sylvia Browne, who claimed to be a psychic. The excerpt claimed that severe pneumonia-like illness would occur in 2020, which will suddenly vanish and return ten years later, and then disappear finally.

Leaders globally have started greeting with a ‘namaste’. Image source: Twitter

Even the mighty US President Donald Trump said that he has not touched his face in weeks out of suspicion or fear, whatever you might suppose at this critical moment of the virus outbreak. French President Emanuel Macron greeted Spain King Felipe and Queen Letizia with a ‘namaste‘ 🙏. Benjamin Netanyahu urged Israelis to greet with a namaste.

Our own Tinseltown idol Salman Khan urged people to say salaam and namaste, until the virus gets completely removed. He insisted that it is part of our indigenous culture. That may be the reason why skin specialists recommended playing Holi this year with natural dry colours, so that revellers do not catch any acute infection and suffer harm.

Bernie Sanders has assured people that once a vaccine for coronavirus is developed, it should be free.

In the meantime, author Liz Ryan writes about what coronavirus is teaching us:
1) Healthcare is a right
2) Paid sick leave is a right
3) Many, many people could do their job from home
4) We are more dependent on a healthy society than we want to acknowledge.

Who cannot contradict the quiet fear of virus across the world, despite the fact that we are still at stage 2 of the outbreak! A world war against this fatal eruption has been waged. Who is wholly responsible for it? If the hell looms just at the threshold, who can avail the luxury of heaven? It is far saner to realise this a tad bit early.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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