Fighter kites describe the mood of the Pink City on day of Makar Sankrant. The kites, that come in diverse shapes, patterns and colours, also get photos of influential individuals of contemporary times. This year, the kites have taken a political colour with most kites carrying faces of the popular political leaders, some even reflect the divide between leaders and their parties. The Modi kite, however, remains the most popular one.
A kite wholesale shop at the traditional market in the walled city area went out of stock of Modi kites on Friday afternoon owing to the huge demand. The shopkeeper had ordered thousands of those just days ago. A full size cut-out kite of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also seen at the other end of the shop. The UP CM is also among other popular leaders to appear on kites this year.
The Opposition too has its fare share of representation with kites bearing image of the new national president of the Congress Rahul Gandhi being in demand. While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had been in demand last year, he seemed to have lost a little charm now.
To add to the variety, there are kites that tell of popular war between PM Modi and the Congress leader.
In addition to this, certain city-based shops also had kites featuring Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje standing right next to Ashok Gehlot, former state chief minister from Congress. While, political leaders, including Amit Shah, stand next to each other that these shops, they will be seen kicking off wars in skies on the festive day.
“These kites are made based on orders. These are huge and require special techniques to soar in the sky. However, the extras usually get sold out in the markets,” said Abdul Gaffur Ansari, a kiteseller.
In addition, several kites display tag lines of various government schemes like ‘Beti Bachao’ and ‘Swachh Bharat’.
“It feels good to fly kites that promote good messages,” said Gauri Agarwal, a student.