Doklam effect: Hadauti traders not selling Chinese rakhis this yearjaipur Updated: Aug 06, 2017 19:26 IST
Women choose rakhi on the eve of Rakshabandhan in Jaipur on Sunday.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
The impact of ongoing tension between India and China over the Doklam issue can be seen on the sale of Chinese rakhis in Hadauti region. This year, the traders selling rakhis for the festival of Rakshabandhan in the region are not selling China-made rakhis.
Lalit Mohan Khandelwal, president of the Baran Vyapar Mahasangh, an organisation of traders in Baran district, said the mahasangh had appealed to the wholesale and retail traders to boycott the business of Chinese rakhis on Rakshabandhan in protest against the China’s imperialistic policies and its support to the Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in India.
“On the call of Baran Vyapar Mahasangh, traders are boycotting Chinese products, particularly Chinese rakhi, in Baran on the Rakshabandhi festival this year,” he said.
This is despite the Chinese rakhis are 20% to 40% cheaper than the Indian rakhis.
The army personnel of India and China are involved in a face-off at Doklam, a place where India, China and Bhuttan borders meet, since June 16.
The Chinese rakhis were in great demand for past many years due to their attractive design and cost-effectiveness, but the tense relationship with China, especially after the Doklam controversy, has affected the market sentiments in India. Hadauti region traders had boycotted the Chinese products on last Diwali also.
There are more than 350 traders selling rakhis in Baran and 400 in Kota.
“Most of the wholesale and retail rakhi traders of Baran, who used to buy Chinese rakhis from New Delhi, Alwar and Ajmer, for sale in local markets, have this year bought indigenous rakhis from Kolkata and Delhi to show solidarity with the Indian army fighting with Pakistan, China and terrorists,” said Jagdish Khandelwal, a wholesaler of Baran.
“Chinese rakhis worth ₹2 crores were sold every year on Rakshabandhan till last year, but this year the trend has changed and Indian rakhis are selling more, which would boost cottage industries also,” he said.
The Baran traders have also decided not to trade in other Chinese products such as idols of deities, firecrackers, said Lalit Mohan Khandelwal, another trader.
The Doklam standoff effect was also visible in Kota district. The Kota traders are also not selling Chinese rakhis, neither the consumers are asking for them, said Kranti Jain, president of the Kota Vyapar Mahasangh.
Parinita Kumari, a girl, said that China’s hostility towards India and beautiful Indian rakhis were the reasons that prompted her to buy the Indian rakhi for her brother this time.
The festival of Rakshabandhan is being celebrated today (Monday).