Namaste Goes International! French Prez Macron Greets Germany's Angela Merkel In Indian Style
COVID-19 is on the rampage and even international leaders know that they are not immune to it. Social distancing being the norm means that certain gestures and protocols must be kept in check when interacting with one another. That became apparent when French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted each other with a fluent 'namaste'. Merkel was at Macron's Mediterranean holiday retreat for talks, as per a report in India Today.?
Instead of the customary handshake, Macron folded his hands, bent forward in the traditional namaste style. Merkel did just the same and it was an official greeting. Namaste is surely going global.?
Macron had earlier used the same gesture when he greeted Spain's king and queen in March.?
Namaste is Global !— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) August 20, 2020
??:When Emmanuel Macron, President of France and Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany greet each other with Namastepic.twitter.com/jHUhW2CfPY
But this is not an isolated incident, nor is it exclusive to Macron. The likes of Donald Trump and Prince Charles used it. PM Narendra Modi promoted it as the new international way to greet and Benjamin Netanyahu had told Israelis to use namaste instead of shaking hands.?
Macron's gesture certainly made waves on the internet. Here's what people had to say:
This video of President of France Emmanuel Macron greeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a Namaste ?? pic.twitter.com/xlw2yzWh6s— Monica (@TrulyMonica) August 20, 2020
#NamasteAmdavad— Dr. OM P. MACHRA IAS (@DrOM_Machra) August 20, 2020
Our #Namaste going global. Emmanuel Macron, President of France and Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany greeting each other with Namaste.@AmdavadAMC started #NamasteAhmedabad campaign in March 2020 to sensitise masses to break the #Covid_19 transmission chain. pic.twitter.com/oKTmFkZVPz
With this being the new normal for some time, namaste could be the way to go. Looks like India was ahead of the times when this greeting came into effect. After all, in itself the gesture is humble, respectful and also looks good to the neutral eye.