DWQA QuestionsCategory: GS Paper IQ. The spread of Coronavirus has challenged the traditions of the West and brought into light the Indian traditions. Which India traditions, as opposed to western traditions, are considered safe in view to contain the spread of Covid-19? Mention atleast three Indian traditions. (250 words, 15marks)
2 Answers
Sanu sarkar answered 4 years ago

Indian Tradition-
1)presently Western countries are following indian tradition “NAMASTE” instead of hug, handshake e.t.c to avoid the contact of coronavirus.
2)At first the death body is bathed.
3)body is smeared with holy Ganga jal and ghee.
4)Thenafter it is wrapped up with white sheet.
5)At last the body is cremated in cremation.
Western Tradition- 1)At first the body is kept in coffin,thenafter it is buried in land.
Tradition in view of covid-19 – Now in the context of contagious coronavirus the last rites of corpse is controversial.The corpse which is infected by coronavirus,if it is not buried properly or bury adjacent to any residential place then there has the possibility of contamination.when the dead body is decomposed then it maybe mixed with water which is also the cause of pollution.But the corpse is buried properly then there has minimal possibility of contamination,yet there has question mark about this ritual.
But when the corpse is cremated then there has no possibility to spread out the infection.besides it will not contaminate water,soil e.t.c.So the cremation of corpse is completely safe and secure.
Conclusion- Now the world is in amid of critical situation so we can’t take any risk.Irrespective of religion, tradition every corpse should cremate.

Mohd Irfan Chisty answered 4 years ago

Indian Tradition
1. People across the world have started to follow the traditional Indian way of greeting each other by doing namaste as a substitute for a handshake.
2. Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of Gram Swaraj (Village Republic) can be interpreted and appreciated in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. He used to say that India’s soul lives in its villages. To Gandhi, villages were the basic units of social organisation. Therefore, the villages should be self-sufficient in the matters of their vital requirements.
3. Gandhi ji principle is very relevant here as it stressed on self-reliance at the local level. This teaches a lesson of self dependent.
Western Tradition
Burial Ritual in Brazil and Venezuela: When a person of the Tanomani tribe dies, his or her body is burnt. The bone and ash powder is mixed into a plantain soup that the people attending will drink. They believe that this pleases the dead soul as it finds a resting place in their bodies.