Dear government, Dilli Haat is crying for your attention
Protect these artisans and craftsmen, put a word forward for them, if you really want our culture and heritage to flourish, instead of these fake practices which benefit only and only politicians. These are the people, who have made India proud. Remember, taj mahal is not famous for its anti romeo movement, or as a religious monument. Its entirely because of the artisans and skills of Indian craftsmen.
But you see we are BJP government and this is an idea of Congress Government and we are principally against them so we will not care sorry …. Am I wrong Modiji?
Jaya Jaitly is absolutely correct! Visitors go to India to buy Indian art or India made items instead you see all these Chinese junk all over and if you want authentic Indian made items you have to go to to Taj Hotel shops or other expensive places. India is so populated every one should be working to give poverty a break.
India is such a beautiful country with so much to offer: Sorry the Indians who live there doesn’t see that.
What an utter shame. I loved that market and bought some beautifully crafted items when I lived in Delhi. I used to take all our visitors there too. A petition should be started
This is quite true…I have been searching for Terracotta jewellery for such a long time..and I was quite sure Dilli haat would be the answer but I was so wrong!!!! Earlier back in 2004 INA Delhi haat used to cater to such demands but now it’s ” silence silences”
The Lead was taken by Smt Jaya Jaitly Ji who had the vision for the handloom and handicraft craftsmen. But for Smt Jaya Jaitly Ji, these projects would have not seen the light of the day.
She had the Original idea to showcase the master skills of the craftsmen right on the site and then to go for product adaptation/ product development/ test marketing/ market research and marketing; right at very site itself. Artisans were initially to stay there for a period not exceeding 15 days.. Repeat visit was to be allowed after a fixed cooling period.
I remember , when I was Addl Development Commissioner ( Handlooms) in the Ministry of Textiles in fag end of 80’s/ early 90’s , we had provided the 1st seed money of Rs 25 lakhs for Dilli Haat; and equal sum was provided by DC Handicrafts and Deelhi Tourism Deptt. Jaya Ji did so much for not only this project but a no of similar initiatives for artisans and craftsmen. That was the time when we in DC Handlooms helped singlehandedly to set up the 1st NIFT which commenced functioning at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadiums back office , to start with. Unfortunately over the year, the Dilli Haat has become a den for middle men and दलाल .. So sad to see all these. It is so sad to see all these. Infact I haven’t visited that since last few years since so hurt to see all these corruptions.. Whatever Smt Jaya Jaitly Jee is saying is absolutely right.. Govt must see..
Optimism ; it can be saved even now. The glory of authentic Handlooms and handicrafts can be restored even now at Dilli Haat. Govt must step in. Rising above politics, Govt must listen what Smt Jaya Jaitly jee is saying..
This is such an unfortunate thing to have happened–I’m not sure why it is being allowed since the idea was surely to protect Indian crafts. Who controls Dilli Haat, does anyone know?
The same is with Dilli Haat Janakpuri , where officials involved in big time scam of introducing e-auction for allotment of stalls to Artisan , and actually they gives away stalls to local Chinese goods traders. I filed RTI with Delhi Tourism and replies exposed them. Reported to development commissioner of handicrafts but no action.
Till the time authorities doesn’t fix this, people visiting Dilli haat shd boycott non handicrafts things. I too went last Saturday & only bought phulkari work & Jaipur craftmen works. It’s us who can bring change. These chinese things we can get in local market as well, as in the name of Dilli haat they are selling at triple profits.
It been 2 decades we go Dilli Haat INA for Momos , Soup and Fruit beer , You can still get some authentic state food at Dilli Haat INA but at Dilli Haat Janakpuri you only get junk food, not even a single state food stall. Visitors rightly named it Daily Haat
At Dilli Haat Janakpuri their are 100 craft stalls , and only 15-20 stalls are occupied and most are operated by local vendors with Chinese or local stuff in rest lying vacant.
This is just terrible. Dilli haat was my fav place in the whole world for curios and other artistic pieces. Pls let me know how can I contribute to this cause as it’s really close to my heart!
Totally agree with each and every word of it……. No difference between Dilli Haat and Any other common exhibitions coming up in region every now and then…….
एक बढ़ई किसी गांव में काम करने गया, लेकिन वह अपना हथौड़ा साथ ले जाना भूल गया। उसने गांव के लोहार के पास जाकर कहा, ‘मेरे लिए एक अच्छा सा हथौड़ा बना दो।
मेरा हथौड़ा घर पर ही छूट गया है।’ लोहार ने कहा, ‘बना दूंगा पर तुम्हें दो दिन इंतजार करना पड़ेगा। हथौड़े के लिए मुझे अच्छा लोहा चाहिए। वह कल मिलेगा।’
दो दिनों में लोहार ने बढ़ई को हथौड़ा बना कर दे दिया। हथौड़ा सचमुच अच्छा था। बढ़ई को उससे काम करने में काफी सहूलियत महसूस हुई। बढ़ई की सिफारिश पर एक दिन एक ठेकेदार लोहार के पास पहुंचा।
उसने हथौड़ों का बड़ा ऑर्डर देते हुए यह भी कहा कि ‘पहले बनाए हथौड़ों से अच्छा बनाना।’ लोहार बोला, ‘उनसे अच्छा नहीं बन सकता। जब मैं कोई चीज बनाता हूं तो उसमें अपनी तरफ से कोई कमी नहीं रखता, चाहे कोई भी बनवाए।’
धीरे-धीरे लोहार की शोहरत चारों तरफ फैल गई। एक दिन शहर से एक बड़ा व्यापारी आया और लोहार से बोला, ‘मैं तुम्हें डेढ़ गुना दाम दूंगा, शर्त यह होगी कि भविष्य में तुम सारे हथौड़े केवल मेरे लिए ही बनाओगे। हथौड़ा बनाकर दूसरों को नहीं बेचोगे।’
लोहार ने इनकार कर दिया और कहा, ‘मुझे अपने इसी दाम में पूर्ण संतुष्टि है। अपनी मेहनत का मूल्य मैं खुद निर्धारित करना चाहता हूं। आपने फायदे के लिए मैं किसी दूसरे के शोषण का माध्यम नहीं बन सकता।
आप मुझे जितने अधिक पैसे देंगे, उसका दोगुना गरीब खरीदारों से वसूलेंगे। मेरे लालच का बोझ गरीबों पर पड़ेगा, जबकि मैं चाहता हूं कि उन्हें मेरे कौशल का लाभ मिले। मैं आपका प्रस्ताव स्वीकार नहीं कर सकता।’
सेठ समझ गया कि सच्चाई और ईमानदारी महान शक्तियां हैं। जिस व्यक्ति में ये दोनों शक्तियां मौजूद हैं, उसे किसी प्रकार का प्रलोभन अपने सिद्धांतों से नहीं डिगा सकता।
तो कहीं न कहीं वो Indian craftsman भी ज़िम्मेदार हैं जो थोड़े से पैसे के लालच में अपना हक़ छोड़ देते हैं …
Dilli Haat has been my favourite place for shopping for years… I have been noticing the change for the last five six years. I feel very strongly fior the artisans. We must help….Am with you !
Deepa Rao Could not reply on that thread as commenting is blocked. The quality of products there has been steadily deteriorating, but I had no idea it was this bad. It’ll be really sad if it goes down like this…
I totally agree… I used to be a regular there. Always waiting for the new set of artisans after every fortnight. I used to buy handicraft stuff for our clients but now I see only permanent stalls selling artificial stuff. I now finds janpath better. But I request the authorities to keep dilli haat the way it was originally meant for.
I remember going to Dilli Haat in December 2005 and I bought my three pairs of puppets, wooden masks and other small stuff. It was not that busy then but stalls were nice and had amazing crafted items. I think it needs to go back to same again.
Exactly…agree with all the points mentioned..but its the same situation throughout..i stay in Mumbai and experienced it here too at various places which are reserved for artisans to exhibit their products
Where केजरीवाल is CM what can we expect. He is still struggling with his mohalla clinic issues. His tenure is about to end and he is still struggling not a single promise full filled
This is so sad.
Dilli haat was my favourite place n I still have some of things that I bought 14 yrs Bach and in same condition. But now can’t imagine to go there n buy anything.
The concept of Dilli Haat is so unique.Artisans used to look forward to going there.Now they have no place to go because stalls are occupied by traders- of manufactured goods.
Cannot agree with you more. It was one of my favorite shopping destinations, but last time when I visited in 2014 after almost 10 years, I was sad and disappointed with very ordinary quality of goods and food as well. I told my heart Dilli Haat is no more the same beautiful place anymore.
I absolutely agree with Jayaji.Dilli Haat for sometime now has lost its characteristic.We must save it .It was such a wonderful concept.Artsans from different parts of India have stopped showcasing their crafts.What a shame.Permanent shopwallas are there, which was not the original idea.Every fortnight the artisans are to change.It does not happen now.
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