Rakhi Vendors Boycott Chinese Rakhis This Year

Swadeshi rakhis are all the rage in the market this year after the Galwan Valley conflict with China.

Sohil Nikam

July 21, 2020

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The festival of Raksha Bandhan is right around the corner, and a large number of rakhi vendors in India have decided to boycott rakhis coming from China this year. They are gunning for ‘Made in India’ products with the aim of boosting the economy of the country’s small-scale industry. Adhering to PM Modi’s ‘Vocal About Local’ mantra, vendors are completely refusing to sell rakhis coming in from the country, seeing the growing anti-China sentiment in India that was caused by the Galwan Valley clash on June 15.

Ahead of Raksha Bandhan, some women in Jamshedpur have started hand-crafting traditional rakhis to show their support for the Boycott China movement. “Every year, we get rakhis from China, but this year, we wish to make desi rakhis and we really want people to like them and buy them,” said one such woman. The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan will fall on August 3 this year.

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