There were massive arrangements made for Ramleela at the Ramleela Ground in Dwarka Sector-10 of New Delhi. However, the major attraction of the whole set-up was the fourth effigy scheduled to be burnt. The usual Dussehra celebrations see the burning of effigies of Ravana, Meghanad and Kumbhakaran but in Dwarka Sector-10, people were waiting for one more effigy to go up in flames. This effigy was none other than that of our neighbouring country China. Rajesh Gehlot, Chief Patron, Dwarka Shri Ramleela Society said that this year, they burnt the effigy of China to send out a message to people to boycott all Made in China products.
The vast ground used by the Dwarka Ramlila society had witnessed a similar blend of Dussehra and politics last year when an effigy of Pakistan was burnt after the Uri terror attack. This year, the effigy of China was burnt to sensitise people to use the goods that are made in India to strengthen the Indian economy.
“We have so much trade with the Chinese but they repeatedly encroach on our territory. We have decided to set fire to their effigy to send them a message. Last year, we did the same with Pakistan,” said Gehlot, who is also an ex-BJP councillor from Matiala.
Apart from life-sized posters of the Prime Minister planting trees and of Swachh Bharat initiatives, there were cutouts of army-men against the backdrop of mountains, urging citizens to “do their duty for the country and stop buying Chinese products”.
The security arrangements were also taken care of by installing as many as 100 security cameras spread across the Ramleela ground and a cleanliness staff was also deployed for the event. The effigies were made by 65 Muslim workers from Farrukhnagar, Ghaziabad.