Guwahati: The market for Chinese-made rakhis has plummeted this year ahead of the Raksha Bandhan festival. Because of conflicts between India and China over border disputes, Indians are refusing to purchase Chinese rakhis.
The boycott Chinese products campaign led by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has once again echoed anti-Chinese the sentiment that has gripped the markets and the consumers as well. In the past few years, Chinese-made rakhis have proliferated the Indian market.
CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia and Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that the boycott Chinese products campaign has emerged as a blessing in disguise as it has promoted the skills of local artisans, self-help groups, women working in homes and Anganwadi, etc.
Various sections of the media have reported that the shopkeepers and consumers both have chosen not to buy rakhis manufactured in China -- this is emblematic of the anger against the neighbouring country after the killing of 20 Indian jawans in the icy Galwan Valley in Ladakh by the Chinese forces.