Anna effect: Gandhi caps selling like hot cakes

Veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare`s mass movement for a strong Lokpal Bill has boosted the sale of khadi-made Gandhi caps in Rajkot.

Updated: Aug 19, 2011, 21:29 PM IST

Rajkot: Veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare`s
mass movement for a strong Lokpal Bill has boosted the sale of
khadi-made Gandhi caps in the city.

"Generally we sell 15 to 20 Gandhi caps per day, but
in the last three days we are selling over 150 caps a day,"
Ashwin Dave, Manager of local Khadi Bhandar, said on Friday.

He said people generally purchase these caps during
national festivals like Republic Day and Independence Day.

This year, even after the Independence Day the demand for caps
remained high (Hazare launched his fast on August 16).

Rising demand for the caps, available at Khadi Bhavan
for Rs 50 per piece, has led to a spike in its price. Street
hawkers are selling the head gear for Rs 100 a piece.

Gandhi caps have become a common sight at rallies and
protests being organised in support of the veteran social
activist, who is on a fast since the last four days.

The 73-year-old army man-turned-anti-corruption
crusader, who has said in the past that he idolises the Father
of the Nation and Swami Vivekanand, is always seen in his
signature Gandhi cap.

However, Gandhians have expressed displeasure over the
hawkers selling the caps at a higher price. Devendra Desai, a
veteran Gandhian and President of Saurashtra Rachnatmak
Samiti, said the cap is a symbol of Gandhji`s thoughts and
people should avoid making money out of it.

PTI