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Noida residents, sellers opt for Indian made rakhis

People are opting for rakhis ‘made in India’, which has resulted in a massive dip in the demand and sale of Chinese ones ahead of Rakshabandhan, sellers said.

noida Updated: Aug 05, 2017 22:13 IST
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People are opting for rakhis ‘made in India’, which has resulted in a massive dip in the demand and sale of Chinese ones ahead of Rakshabandhan, sellers said.
People are opting for rakhis ‘made in India’, which has resulted in a massive dip in the demand and sale of Chinese ones ahead of Rakshabandhan, sellers said.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Residents of Gautam Budh Nagar are rejecting rakhis of Chinese make, reflecting the prevailing tension between the two countries in the backdrop of the Doklam standoff.

People are opting for rakhis ‘made in India’, which has resulted in a massive dip in the demand and sale of Chinese ones ahead of Rakshabandhan, sellers said.

“I have come to buy rakhis for my family members. I was told by my brother not to buy Chinese rakhis. The quality of Indian rakhis has improved but the price remains high. Last year, I had bought a few Chinese made rakhis but not this time,” said Garima Dubey of Sector 18.

Retailers at markets said that the fall in the demand for Chinese rakhis might be a result of patriotic feelings. “This year, we imported fewer Chinese rakhis as the demand for Indian ones has gone up. Most customers are taking a conscious decision to not buy Chinese products these days,” Sundar lal, rakhi seller at Atta market, Sector 18, said.

There are also a number of social media campaigns urging people to boycott Chinese products. “The Chinese are becoming rich and powerful by selling their products in our country. I will spend money on products made in India,” said Rakesh Sharma of Sector 6.

A resident of Sector 56, Sunita Agarwal, said that she has been watching the news carefully of late, to know about the tiff between India and China.

“I have decided that we will not use Chinese products in our house. I have got Indian rakhis this time. Till last year, we used to get Chinese ones because of good quality but our products are also getting better with time,” said Sunita.

Another rakhi seller in Noida said that Chinese rakhis are not available in the market following prevailing sentiments against products of Chinese make. “When people are interested in buying Indian rakhis, why should we invest our money in Chinese products?” said Raghav, a wholesale dealer.

Rakshabandhan is one of the most popularly celebrated festivals in India, on which day sisters tie rakhis on their brother’s wrists.