New Delhi / The sales of “gulal”, the colored powders that each year serve as ammunition at the Holi festival in India, have been, like the stock markets, victims of the fear of the coronavirus expansion, and its vendors have seen forced to reduce its price up to 50 percent.
“This year’s sales are being very bad. We have lost 200,000 rupees (about 2,400 euros), ”he lamented before Efe Aman, a street vendor of“ gulal ”who has been offering the colorful powders in the capital market of Sardar Bazaar for two decades, frequented by both delhi and foreign.
Narendra Modi’s statements
“Modi said there are viruses and, therefore, would not participate in Holi, and that has reduced our sales,” complained Aman, who added that he was forced to reduce their prices by half.
The seller thus referred to the recommendation made last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi on his Twitter account announced that this year he would not participate in any Holi event, whose big day is celebrated tomorrow on Tuesday, in order to “reduce massive concentrations to prevent the expansion of COVID-19.”
Powders no, masks, yes
Currently, the number of infected in India is 43, as confirmed on Monday by the Ministry of Health.
“None of us have been able to sell. Because of the virus, people do not want to leave their homes. There are no customers, we have not won anything, (so) what we have bought we will save for next year, ”said Urmila.
Ferroz Khan, another street vendor, however, has seen his mask sales increase enormously, to 20 rupees each (0.24 euros).
“In one day I sell about 1,000 units. There has been a lot of demand in the last 2 or 3 days, ”he celebrated.
Masks and disinfectants for Holi
“We Indians like fun. We cannot say that anyone is going to celebrate (the Holi), but there has been an effect from the virus. We will play normally, but we will also take some safety measures, such as using masks and hand sanitizers, ”he told Efe Himanshu, a“ gulal ”buyer.
However, Himanshu confessed that he will not attend large concentrations this time and that Holi will celebrate at home with his family.
Coronavirus and communal disturbances
The smaller influx of buyers, in addition to the coronavirus, was attributed by some vendors to the violent riots that the Indian capital experienced in mid-February and left more than 40 dead and hundreds injured in clashes between defenders and detractors of a controversial law of citizenship that excludes Muslims.
(March 9, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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