Times Magazine this year interestingly chose the collective Ebola caretakers as the Person of the Year-2014. Ebola fight with an invisible enemy is different. It needs extraordinary courage and commitment. Mahatma Gandhi teachings were clear- “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent conquer him with love.
Mahatma Gandhi words of wisdom on handshake politics was bang correct-“In a gentle way you can shake the world.” Another quote of Gandhi says-“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
Imagine a `No Handshake` Nation in modern times? Ebola the bully Virus going global now with no cure is forcing almost all 54 African nations to adopt a `No Handshake` Culture. See the Governors of West African countries recently with clenched fists in air and no warm handshake in action.
|October-2014-President Kiir and Museveni adopting Namaste Greetings|
Indians greeting of `Namaskar` with folded hands or Chinese bow is more safe in such situation.
What goes wrong when you shake hands with an Ebola suspect?
There is a grave possibility of transmission. An adult human body carries 70% fluids and hand sweat circulation ensures a faster transfer of virus.
Gloves or No Gloves for safety, Ebola is the ultimate global test of cultural hygienic practices. Containing it is a matter of washing hands, having clean water, and hygienic toilets, and prompt cremation burial.
Human kind needs a hand-shake, a hug and a passionate pat and cuddling. Without all these, humanity can’t survive advocates Balmurali Balaji-Founder of Techno-Gandhian Forum.
If we do not have an effective garbage recycle plan as in Delhi-India or elsewhere in Africa, no sanitation system and no water purification plants in order and if we leave dead animal bodies out in the open for vultures to eat, then Bats and Ebola like Virus will party.
This is the only Planet we have. Let us defeat Ebola to protect our safe living. Ebola is a threatening force! It has no right means to attain its right-hood due to a human error and negligence in the past 40 years of its presence now visible to all.
A safe Mahatma Gandhi handshake for a clean corruption free Ebola free world is a must.
About author: Worked in African countries since 2006 as Director-Grafax Cotton Pvt.Ltd. and had been supporting International Red Cross and few NGOs as volunteer on Basic and Advance Life Support.