Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Gods are always in demand

[From China to Chandni Chowk- Hindustan Times Reshma Patil, Hindustan Times
Yiwu, May 23, 2009
The latest products made-in-China include Shivaji on a horse, Mirabai in a red sari and Ganesha in a bathtub. Somewhere among over 62,000 booths in the world’s biggest market in China, sits a middle-aged Chinese woman known to Indian traders as machli mamma (Mother Fish)... Merchant of indian idols From Sai Baba to Shiva to the Nandi Bull, this booth in Yiwu supplies thousands of Indian gods made-in-China at prices as low as Rs 7; ... But the gods are always in demand. In a corner stall, crimson scrolls of Hanuman, Ganesha and Saraswati hang beside Happy Diwali streamers.]

The irony is that the idols of Indian gods are being mass produced in godless China. [TNM]

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