The Hindu Response to the Coronavirus

The coronavirus seems to be dominating the news, and the creationist outfits we follow don’t have much to say today — but we do have something you may find interesting. It’s at the Fox News website: Hindu group in India consumes cow urine to ward off coronavirus. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Believing that cow urine can ward off coronavirus, a Hindu group in India reportedly hosted a cow urine drinking party Saturday to test their belief.

We weren’t invited, so we’ll have to rely on the news article, which then says:

The cow is sacred to many Hindus and some drink cow urine believing it has medicinal purposes. But experts have repeatedly asserted that cow urine does not cure illnesses like cancer and there is no evidence that it can prevent coronavirus, according to Reuters.

There’s certainly room for both theories. As the Discoveroids say: Teach the Controversy. Okay, back to the news article:

The party hosted by Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (All India Hindu Union) drew a crowd of 200 people in New Delhi, according to Reuters. “We have been drinking cow urine for 21 years, we also take bath in cow dung. [Wow!] We have never felt the need to consume English medicine,” Om Prakash, an attendee told Reuters.

There’s nothing wrong with diversity, we always say. Now we’re skipping to the end, so this is our last excerpt:

Leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party have advocated the use of cow urine as medicine and a cure for cancer, according to Reuters.

We know what you’re thinking, but you don’t have a better method of immunization, do you? Then don’t be judgemental, dear reader.

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21 responses to “The Hindu Response to the Coronavirus

  1. docbill1351

    You put the lime in the cow urine and drink it all up.
    You put the lime in the cow urine and call me in the morning.
    You put the lime in the cow urine and drink it all up.
    You put the lime in the cow urine and den you feel better!

  2. Try it, docbill1351. You don’t want to take any chances.

  3. chris schilling

    Don’t know about coronavirus, but I always observed the women at student parties imbibing cow urine because they believed it helped ward off unwanted advances from creepy engineering students. (And a lot of engineers go on to become creationists).

    Drink up, ladies!

    Bathing in cow dung, on the other hand, tends to just attract the coprophiles (a lot of whom, come to think of it, go on to become creationists).🤔

  4. I’m afraid there’s nothing funny about the Indian government and its promotion of Hindutva (exclusive Hindu nationalism) linked to Ayurvedic medicine, and promotion of such traditional remedies for very real problems such as Coronavirus

  5. The Economist magazine for today, March 14, has a three page description of the virus, how it works, and possibilies for drugs against it.
    “Briefing:,The covif-19 virus: Anatomy of a killer” pp. 14-16.
    I note that the famous anti-malaria drug chloroquine is one of those being tested.

  6. Trump tested negative. He has the most perfect immune system ever, believe me. You know he’s feeling good because he tweetbragged (again) about the stock market going up.

  7. @TomS: scientists at the universities of Utrecht, Rotterdam and Leuven are well underway developing a vaccine. The most optimistic guesses are that it will be available withing four months; I think a year more realistic.
    Dutch anti-vax loonies are active too:

    The organization is called Vaccin Free Foundation. Two highlights of the article:

    “Sponsored Pandemic”
    (It’s not clear by whom, scientists, WHO and/or pharmaceutic companies)

    “Corona or air pollution?”

    “It;s reported that the corona virus spreads quickly. That looks like an exaggeration, as 99% of the victims are still in China.”
    Such a comfort for the ill Italians and Spaniards.

    @PaulB: the best humor is laughing despite everything.

  8. Dave Luckett

    Cows are sacred; apparently the male of the species is not. Hence, it would never do to bathe in bull manure. The faithful are warned against such heathen practices, for they will cause Upyors, god of fertility and plant growth, to smite the blasphemer with feeble-mindedness, for as all clerics know, bulls**t baffles brains.

  9. @FrankB
    Wikipedia has an article on the work on vaccines:
    COVID-19 vaccine
    The Economist article is interesting because of its exposition of the structure of the virus and how that relates to possible drugs. I am not aware of any other exposition accessible to us lay people.

  10. docbill1351

    “I am not aware of any other exposition accessible to us lay people.”

    Rachel Maddow had Dr. Ho, a virus researcher with a long, positive track record working with HIV and herpes, describing a couple of approaches they are exploring to disrupt Covid-19’s life cycle. Still, months away from testing and 18 months or so away from a production vaccine (if they are successful along the way) Meanwhile, Covid-19 will become Covid-20, 21 etc as it evolves.

    Oh, evolves, my bad. I meant to say as Baby Jesus tinkers with it to punish the wicked.

  11. @Paul Braterman Agreed – it reminds one of the South African Health Minister under Thabo Mbeki who promoted beetroot as a cure for AIDS. Countless people died because of that nonsense.

  12. @TomS: the structure of the Covid-19 virus has been known for at least three weeks.

  13. The Econimist article lists 5 drugs which have other uses and are being tested. And one drug, Actemra (Tocilizumab), which is approved in China.
    These are, presumably, safe. I reaize that it is a long process to test out a vaccine.
    I have to admit that my understanding of Dutch is quite small. Better than Sumerian, but not by much.

  14. ““We have been drinking cow urine for 21 years, we also take bath in cow dung. We have never felt the need to consume English medicine,” Om Prakash, an attendee told Reuters.”

    I am not sure I want to know what they use as mouthwash. But, life expectancy in India being about 69 years, I wonder how much is it in this sect?

  15. @Dudiche
    “English medicine”
    I wonderhow much of the “English medicine” was from Russia, Japan, Israel, and even from medieval Islam. Quinine was discoverd by native South Americans.

  16. @TomS, To say nothing of Scottish. The Hunter brothers, Joseph Lister…

  17. Laurette McGovern

    Drink cow urine? Go ahead; you’re an idiot.

    Am I wrong?

  18. some persians have sadly tried self immunization using methyl alcohol not meant for human consumption. The results weren’t good.

  19. There is the idea that a bleach-based drink is good for you.

  20. Dave Luckett

    TomS: It’s a remarkable transaction. Some Hindus, believing that all things good in the world are found in Hindu tradition, believe that anything foreign is bad. (To my knowledge, nobody has yet called this idea what it is: xenophobia.) But their experience of “foreign” is “English”, not even “British”.

    If they had come to a more intimate acquaintance with, say, Russia (as might have been the case had the “English” not been so unwilling to share) they might have acquired a more thorough grounding in what to dislike about foreigners. As it is, their antipathy extends to calling even western medicine “English”, and scorning it accordingly.

    The same attitude applies to railways, sewerage and cooking, the last with some reason. Its converse applies to cows and castes. Whether it would apply to suttee or not is something of a mystery, the Kali-cursed English having utterly suppressed that salutary custom.

  21. @TomS, Indeed, and Gloop should remind us, if reminder is necessary, that the “enlightened West” is just as idiocy-prone as anywhere else. But India is special, in actually having a minister for won’t-work medicine