India: Internet is loving this 'desi' student touching his dean's feet
In Indian culture, bowing and touching a person's feet is a sign of respect towards elders, usually taught from childhood. Source: Shutterstock

A video of an Indian student touching his dean’s feet after receiving his degree scroll from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has gone viral, Huffington Post India reports.

Gaurav Jhaveri bent down to touch the feet of his university’s dean during his graduation ceremony as a sign of respect, leaving the school head baffled at the gesture.

Gaurav’s act was caught on video, prompting jokes and expressions of respect from fellow Indian students. At the time of writing, the tweet by @Trollacharya has garnered more than 11,000 retweets and likes.

In Indian culture, bowing and touching a person’s feet is a sign of respect to elders or someone deeply respected in society, including teachers. It is usually taught to children, who later carry on the tradition into adulthood, especially during important events like festivals and religious occasions.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reported to have bowed down and touched the feet of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s mother during a visit, India TV reported via Khaleej Times.

Many hailed Gaurav’s move on Twitter – The American Bazaar notes: “Many people appreciated him for keeping his Indian values intact without the slightest of shame in a foreign land.”

But many were also tickled by his pure “desi” (a loose term used to refer to the people, cultures and products from India and its diaspora) act, as well as his school dean’s clueless reaction.

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