Hydroxychloroquine for COVID19: President of Brazil invokes Ramayan to thank Narendra Modi
New Delhi: President of Brazil Jair Messias Bolsonaro, has invoked the Ramayan and compared the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to ease restrictions on the export of hydroxychloroquine, with Lord Hanuman who brought Sanjeevani, a magical cure from the Himalayas to save the life of Lord Ram’s brother Lakshman.
When Lord Hanuman was on his quest to find Sanjeevni, the medicinal herb from Sumeru Mountain to save Laxman, he could not identify the exact herb that was required to revive Laxman so he brought the entire mountain.
In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, Bolsonaro has written: “Just as Lord Hanuman brought the holy medicine from the Himalayas to save the life of Lord Ram’s brother Lakshman, and Jesus healed those who were sick and restored the sight to Bartimeu, India and Brazil will overcome the global crisis by joining forces and sharing blessings for the sake of all peoples.
Earlier on 4 April, Modi had a telephonic conversation with the President of Brazil. The two leaders had discussed the global situation in the wake of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister had conveyed his condolences on the loss of lives in Brazil due to COVID-19. he said that the prayers of every Indian were with the friendly people of Brazil at this time.
The two leaders stressed the significance of close cooperation between India and Brazil, bilaterally as well as in the multilateral institutional framework, to mitigate the grave crises caused by COVID-19. They agreed on the need to forge a new human-centric concept of globalisation for the post-COVID world.
The Prime Minister assured all possible support to Brazil President in this difficult hour. They agreed that their officials would remain in regular touch with respect to the COVID-19 situation and its emerging challenges.
Recalling with gratitude the participation of the President of Brazil as the Chief Guest in the 70th Republic Day celebrations of India this year, the Prime Minister expressed happiness at the growing vibrancy in the India-Brazil friendship. He also thanked Brazil for its leadership of BRICS in the past year.