Find Someone Who Loves You Like Ramesh Saxena Loves Hanuman Chalisa, the “Cure” to Covid-19


Find Someone Who Loves You Like Ramesh Saxena Loves Hanuman Chalisa, the “Cure” to Covid-19

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a lot of WhatsApp University based doctors, epidemiologists, and immunity experts overnight. People who watch Baba Ramdev do yoga for half an hour daily think they can cure coronavirus and those who have mastered the art of the “forward” button know exactly what you need to include in your diet to boost immunity, from haldi ka doodh to jackfruit.

But there’s always that one person who takes it too far, and in India’s case, it is a senior Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh who has suggested that reciting the Hanuman Chalisa 11 times will protect them from coronavirus. When doctors around the world read that, they were like “hum to chutiye baithe haan yahan.”

Ramesh Saxena, an MLA for four terms from 1993 to 2008 made the comments while speaking to reporters in Sehore. “I can say it with authority that if members of any family sit together to recite the Hanuman Chalisa 11 times, which will take hardly half an hour, corona can’t touch them. There is a line in Hanuman Chalisa – Nase rog hare sab peera, japat nirantar Hanuman veera [constant recital of the name of Lord Hanuman cures all diseases and pain]. We should trust it. Trust gives us the result,” he said.

One must find someone in life, who loves them as much as Ramesh Saxena loves the Hanuman Chalisa, because this is not the first time he has advocated this remedy. In February 2018, Saxena told farmers to chant the Hanuman Chalisa everyday for an hour and they’ll never face a calamity. Unlike most politicians, at least he has always been consistent with his absurdity.

While even temples and other places of worship around the country adhere to social distancing and safety measures like hand sanitisers and masks, elected members should bear more responsibility before making reckless comments. As one user on social media pointed out with a bit of much-needed snark, “It’s good to have faith in God, but it’s also necessary to follow the basic norms set by medical officials.”

Another user wasn’t as gracious, asking the question bluntly – “Kaun hai ye log, kahan se aate hai ye…”

One can only hope Mr Ramesh Saxena, along with following his own advice, is also taking appropriate safety precautions.