Much ahead of the Raksha Bandhan festival, the demand for Chinese Rakhis has fallen this year due to tensions between India and China standoff. Women prefer India- made rakhis in comparison to Chinese rakhis, which in turn is helping to boost the Indian economy by people buying local rakhis.
The local sellers or traders are also not buying or selling Chinese rakhis for Raksha Bandhan. The traders also said that India- made rakhis are giving employment rather than increasing employment among locals. Customers are refusing to buy Chinese rakhis; local handmade rakhis are selling at a high rate. It has though affected the Chinese markets but has been beneficial for the locals. The money for the rakhis previously used to go to foreign, but it will now remain within the country.
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In Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla, a customer named Aanchal said, “We always used to get Chinese rakhis but this year I am buying India- made rakhis. Why should we boost the economy of a country which is a threat to us? I would not tie a rakhi to my brothers which are made in China, the country that attacks our soldier brothers.” She also said, “We are not going to buy any Chinese products. This is beneficial for the local artisans as well. I would even appeal to all to buy India made rakhis only.”
A customer named Sanjana said, “We have to courier rakhis so we are here. We will buy Indian rakhis only. We are checking if the rakhi is Indian or not. We won’t buy Chinese rakhis at any cost. Be Indian, buy Indian.” A shopkeeper said, “There is a demand for India- made rakhis only, no one is buying or have even bought Chinese rakhis. We have got rakhis from Kolkata and Jaipur. Less people are stepping out due to Covid- 19.” Similar to this, customers in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad also said that they would buy India made Rakhis only.