Boycott Chinese lights, says Lalu

RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday appealed to the people to boycott China-made lights and decorations this Diwali and instead use diyas (earthen lamps).

By Amit Bhelari in Patna
  • Published 16.10.17
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Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday appealed to the people to boycott China-made lights and decorations this Diwali and instead use diyas (earthen lamps).

"By doing this we would be able to save the potters' community who are on the verge of ruin because of the advent of China-made lights and decorative items," the RJD chief said at his 10 Circular Road residence.

Places like Chandni Market on Station Road and Bakarganj near Gandhi Maidan are filled with Chinese Diwali lights ranging from Rs 120 to Rs 1,000 and above. In stark contrast, one can buy around 50 diyas for just about Rs 25.

"Even kings use to illuminate their residences with diyas on occasions such as Diwali," Lalu said.

Arjun Pandit from Motihari, three generations of whose family have been selling diyas and other earthenware, said he appreciated Lalu's appeal "as it would save the life of many potter families. Diwali is the only time when we can earn a substantial amount. If that also goes, how will we survive?"

When he was railway minister, Lalu had made kulhars (earthen cups) mandatory for sale of tea and other beverages at stations and onboard trains.

Father Robert Athickal, founder of the green non-government organisation Tarumitra, said this is the time for paddy harvesting and diyas also help in killing insects, benefiting the farmers.