PM Narendra Modi seen covering his face with an Assamese ‘gamusa’ during his recent visit to West Bengal to assess the situation after cyclone Amphan left a trail of devastation in the state 
PM Narendra Modi seen covering his face with an Assamese ‘gamusa’ during his recent visit to West Bengal to assess the situation after cyclone Amphan left a trail of devastation in the state |Twitter
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Why Assam health minister wants ‘gamusa’ as replacement for masks

After PM Narendra Modi is seen wearing ‘gamusa’ on many occasions, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma appeals everyone to use it as a replacement for face masks

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Guwahati: The man who is relentlessly working hard and leading his team from the front in the battle against COVID-19 in Assam is senior BJP leader and Assam minister for health and family welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma.

It’s due to his strong leadership quality during the pandemic that a large section of the masses have appreciated his work through social media. Even his hardcore critics have agreed to some extent that he is working tirelessly to tackle the situation in the Northeastern state.

Because of his popularity on social media, a large section of the younger generation is also following him, unlike many other politicians.

On Saturday, one of his comments on Twitter went viral. In the tweet, he appealed the people of Assam to use gamusa, a traditional Assamese towel and a symbol of Assamese culture, to cover their faces as a replacement for masks.

PM Narendra Modi has often been seen wearing the traditional Assamese ‘gamusa’ in various public meetings
PM Narendra Modi has often been seen wearing the traditional Assamese ‘gamusa’ in various public meetings Twitter

While many people have liked his comment and appreciated the move, several others have questioned the scientific logic behind such an appeal.

Only time will tell when Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will himself use a ‘gamusa’ to cover his face
Only time will tell when Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will himself use a ‘gamusa’ to cover his face Twitter

Referring to PM Modi, who was seen wearing an Assamese gamusa to cover his face throughout his visit to West Bengal on Friday, Sarma wrote: “Gamusa is the symbol of rich culture & vibrant history of Assam. Hon PM Sri @narendramodi using #Gamusa to cover his face makes us gleam with both happiness & pride. I request people of Assam to also use Gamusa to cover their faces as replacement of mask.”

PM Narendra Modi with an Assamese ‘gamusa’ around his neck 
PM Narendra Modi with an Assamese ‘gamusa’ around his neck  Twitter
PM Narendra Modi seen addressing the media wearing an Assamese ‘gamusa’ around his neck
PM Narendra Modi seen addressing the media wearing an Assamese ‘gamusa’ around his neck Twitter

Sarma has already appealed the people to use gamusa to cover their face as a replacement for masks. However, only time will tell when the minister himself will use one during his hectic schedule in the fight against COVID-19 in Assam.

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