In India, where many praise President Donald Trump, a rural farmer worshiped him like a god and prayed every morning to a full-scale statue of the US President in his backyard.
“At first I thought the whole family was mentally confused, but he kept it, and eventually everyone came,” said the peasant’s cousin Bussa Krishna. ..
When Mr. Trump announced that he had the coronavirus, it destroyed Mr. Krishna. The farmer posted a video of tears on Facebook, stating: “I am very sad that my god, Trump, was infected with the coronavirus. I wish him a quick recovery.”
According to his family, he quit eating to show solidarity with the idol suffering from COVID-19. He fell into deep depression. The same Sunday when Mr. Trump recovered, he died of cardiac arrest.
Mr Krishna’s dedication made him a minor celebrity, and he was the subject of several national headlines. His death brought news all over India.
Mr. Bookca said his cousin was in good health and had no history of health problems or heart disease. There is no evidence linking Krishna’s death to fasting.
There is no sign that the White House or Mr. Trump (who recovered from the virus and felt “strong” after being treated with a cocktail of drugs) knew the biggest fans in India. Many intellectuals in national cities hate the President of the United States, who is regularly ridiculed on Indian social media platforms.
But the president has support in other corners of Indian society. According to a February survey by the Pew Research Center, 56% of the people surveyed in India said they “do the right thing about world affairs,” starting with 16% when Mr. Trump was elected.
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Krishna, a widowed farmer in her thirties who lived in the village of Konne in southern Telangana, was a follower of Trump for about four years. According to relatives, when the president appeared to him in a dream, he became a fan and predicted that India’s national cricket team would defeat rival Pakistan in the next day’s match.
India won, Mr. Bucca said, “and from that day he began to worship Donald Trump.”
But farmers also praised the president as a leader, said Bucca, a 25-year-old accountant living near a city in the south of Hyderabad. His cousin did not speak English, and the local press in which he lived paid little attention to US politics. So he turned to his cousin to translate articles and videos for him.
Bemura Benkat Goode, the village headman of Konne, said young farmers were also attracted to Trump’s “candid methods and candid remarks.”
He added that his neighbors didn’t know much about US politics and didn’t have Mr. Trump’s opinion. However, Mr. Krishna was such a big fan that they accepted his cause as a courtesy, even if it seemed a little strange.
As Krishna’s dedication to Mr. Trump grew, he began fasting every Friday and asked him to build a shrine with a life-sized statue in his backyard, Bucca said. He worshiped it in Hindu rituals for 1-2 hours each morning, as when praying to Krishna, Shiva, Ganesha, or other gods in the Hindu Pantheon.
One of Krishna’s videos, which is widely distributed online, shows that he is performing a prayer ritual, a puja, in front of an altar with a picture of Mr. Trump.
In another example, he wears a red tie and a T-shirt with the word “card” in white block letters as he pours water over the head of a thumbs-up statue. The neck of the playing card has a wreath of fresh flowers, and the forehead has a red tilaka, a traditional symbol made of vermilion or sandal paste.
Creating a statue of Mr. Krishna similar to Mr. Trump is not unique. The architect built a giant wooden statue of Mr. Trump with vampire teeth in Slovenia, the homeland of the First Lady Melania Trump. Some critics have accused it of being a “waste of wood.”
The creator of the statue, the architect Tomod’s Schlegle, had a clear vision and message in mind. “I want to warn people about the rise of populism, and it will be difficult to find a populist bigger than Donald Trump in this world,” he told Reuters.
Mr. Trump’s life-sized wood carving near the town of Sevnica in eastern Slovenia, where she grew up, caught fire. The commissioning artist replaced it with a bronze statue.
As for Mr. Krishna, he made a brave attempt to meet his idol. According to village chief Ben Kat, he visited the US Embassy in New Delhi and attempted to arrange a meeting before Mr. Trump visited India in February.
“It’s really sad that his dream didn’t come true,” he added.
Mr. Trump later addressed a stadium full of 100,000 cheering participants in Ahmedabad, the center of Modi’s political home.
Mr Krishna kept his faith until the end.
When he learned of Mr. Trump’s diagnosis of the coronavirus, he was trapped in his room, Mr. Bucca said.
“We tried to feed him, but he ate almost nothing,” he said.
On Sunday, Mr Krishna collapsed and his relatives took him to the hospital. He was declared dead on arrival.
Mr Krishna has survived by his parents and his 7-year-old son.
According to Benkat, the villagers were discussing the best way to maintain their neighbor’s Trump Shrine.