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People urge to boycott Chinese rakhis

Ludhiana, 01 Aug 2017 - Raksha Bandhan is falling on August 7 and social media is abuzz with anti-China messages asking people to boycott Chinese rakhis this time.

Reason: Continuous tension escalating between India and China.

Various social, religious organisations and individuals have started sending text messages through WhatsApp and posts on Facebook asking “sisters” not to buy Chinese rakhis.

A message on WhatsApp reads: “Namaste my sister, no Chinese rakhi for me….This year only holy thread ‘mouli’ for me…I will be too happy with your showering of blessings and a simple red thread.”

The sender, a college-going student, on being questioned why she had sent such a message, said: “You still expect us to tie Chinese rakhi on our wrists? Have you not seen the videos how Chinese troops are harassing our Indian soldiers? At least let us start boycotting Chinese products.”

Another such message posted on Facebook reads: “The dragon has eaten us. Stay away from it. No Chinese rakhis this time.”

Recently, a Shiv Sena outfit burnt the effigy of Chinese president, requesting people to boycott Chinese products as the country was posing a grave threat to India.

Meanwhile, shopkeepers have started displaying rakhis at their shops and counters. Many of them have kept Indian threads too, but Chinese rakhis are also seen. Rakesh Kumar, a shopkeeper, said: “I agree Chinese rakhis should not be promoted. But these are attractive and small children ask their parents to buy these products only, as these have their favourite cartoon characters such as Chhota Bheem, Angry Birds, Spiderman on these. The sale hasn’t picked up yet. The response will be seen in the next few days.”

Manju Verma, a college going girl, said she always preferred traditional Indian rakhis over the Chinese ones. “Rakhi is an Indian festival and we must celebrate it in Indian fervour. I buy rakhi for my brother with a red thread having rice or OM written on it. Are we going to learn about our festivals from China now?” she asked.

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