Namaste, the Indian way of greeting is now the new way of greeting adopted by some world leaders. Gone is the hand shake.
With the Coronavirus pandemic raging all over Europe and over 120 countries, world leaders tread with caution in loosely shaking hands to greet.
SputnikNews has made a compilation of this greeting fad, now getting more converts across the world:
#WATCH US President Donald Trump: We (him&PM of Ireland) didn't shake hands today&we looked at each other&said what are we going to do?Sort of a weird feeling. We did this (joined hands). I just got back from India&I didn't shake any hands there. It was easy. #CoronaVirusPandemic pic.twitter.com/5uTSKTf7bO
— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2020
Prince Charles offered a handshake before quickly changing his mind and instead greeting guests at the Prince's Trust Awards with a prayer-like gesture to avoid contact amid coronavirus concern. https://t.co/z7ke5ZOulX pic.twitter.com/EIVRGVYQkE
— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2020
PM of Israel Mr @netanyahu appealing Israelis to adopt Indian way of greeting NAMASTE 🙏 to mitigate the spread of #Coronvirus
When it comes to scientific traditions,rich culture,heritage & knowledge there is no substitute to Bharat’s🇮🇳 civilisation.
Avoid Hand Shake & be safe pic.twitter.com/DEcBGIpHLh
— Fit Bharat (@FitBharat) March 5, 2020
Président Macron has decided to greet all his counterparts with a namaste, a graceful gesture that he has retained from his India visit in 2018 pic.twitter.com/OksoKjW7V8
— Emmanuel Lenain (@FranceinIndia) March 11, 2020