Chinese business suffered heavily this Diwali in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow: The support extended by China to Pakistan on several issues including action against some terrorists may cost dearly to the country which largely depends on its business on the large Indian market. It has already suffered heavily during this Diwali in the country. In Uttar Pradesh alone the dragon has lost 40 per cent business.
The state is one of the major purchaser of decorative materials such as festoon, chandelier, lamp and crackers during the festival of light. In terms of money the sales of these items total Rs 2000 crores. The sales have gone down by Rs 800 crores.
Sandeep Bansal, one of the importers of Chinese goods, who confirmed drop in sales believes that the total may be even higher as the final figure will emerge only after Diwali. “ Presently, Rs 800 crore loss is a reasonable guess”.
Customer have been boycotting Chinese goods since the attack on army men at Uri by terrorists who had come from across the border and Chinese virtual silence on the issue. It deserved condemnation in the strongest possible words but Chinese leadership failed to do that. It just made a mild criticism of the action which invited terse comments in social and other media. On the Facebook some die-hard Prime Minister Narendra Modi supporters had even urged the people to “ teach the Chinese a lesson” by going Deshi.
Modi’s appeal to use earthen wares produced by potters in different parts of the country this Diwali has also contributed to drop in business. Leave aside others, even a film buff, Juhi Chawla, who has been campaigning against air pollution has appealed to her fans to use indigenously produced Diya.
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While all this may be welcome, the practice in some families in the state of sacrificing owls during Diwali due to the superstitious belief that it will ensure stay of the goddess of wealth in the house at least for another year should be discontinued.
According to a wild life conservationist, the bird is largely found in and around Taj Mahal city of Agra and fetch thousands of rupees in sale per head.
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