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Dr D's column: Why Mexico President should stop at namaste

The media says that after a namaste, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador proceed to shake hands, hug people and kiss them on the cheek.

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2020, 08.45 AM IST
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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador must know that all the handshakes, hugs and kisses equivalent of spending 14 hours of social distancing and then joining the crowd for a round of thali and garba.
Dear Dr D,
As prescribed by your leader and my friend, Mr Modi, I have been greeting EVERYONE I meet with a Namaste. You know, palms joined just under the chin (slightly higher for those of stature above you, slightly lower for those below). Palms above the head and elbows akimbo, as in South Indian temples, reserved only for the highest (not sure who that is. Trump? Xi? Bieber?) Anyway, so having demonstrated my Namaste credentials, I’d like to know from you why I am still being attacked by the media here in Mexico. Please tell.

Namaste,
Andres Manuel Lopes Obrador,
Mexico City


El presidente,
Namaste is a fine and civilised greeting and a good way of communicating respect. As you have observed, it lends itself to subtlety and range. However, it is not a cure.

The media says that after you do your Namaste, you proceed to shake hands, hug people and kiss them on the cheek. That is the equivalent of spending 14 hours of social distancing and then joining the crowd for a round of thali and garba. Please stop.

(The author is one of the leading doctors in the country. He values his privacy, but not of his clients).

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