By: Sabreena Zeenat Hannan
As we are about to wrap up 2019 with only A few hours left to go, the people are all geared up to embrace this New Year with merry-making and feasting.
However, the on-going protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) have severely affected the sales as well as the footfall in the markets across Assam, where the protests initially began.
In comparison to last year, the fish and chicken stalls of the Ganeshguri market on New Year’s eve bore a semi-deserted look. These stalls had varieties of seafood including prawns apart from that, ducks were also being sold, however, buyers were few.
While speaking to us, one of the fishmongers lamented “The sales of fish has taken a tremendous hit. There are hardly any customers, which is bad for business…”
Interacting with the chicken vendors revealed a similar tale. “We have got everything and are even selling our stuff at a lesser rate, but there are no customers”, a chicken vendor explains.
Usually during the holiday season, the rates of seafood skyrockets to more than Rs 3,000, but the prices have been reduced due to a lack of customers. Our interactions with the = vendors revealed that they are selling some varieties of fish at less than half of the usual price — at around Rs.600 -700.
The customers are similarly uninterested in partaking in festive celebrations due to the mood of unrest that prevails across the region. An elderly customer at the fish market told us, “I have come out to buy fish, but I do not have any particular plans…”
From this, it can be surmised that that the on-going C(A)A protests and the tensed situation prevailing across the country have severely affected the mood and dampened the overall festive-spirit.
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