Palika Bazar on US List of Notorious Markets, Traders Oppose It
The Palika Bazaar association objected on Friday to the market being mentioned in the US Trade Representative (USTR) notorious market list for allegedly selling “counterfeit” products and demanded that the “false claims” be removed and the name of the popular New Delhi underground market be removed from the list.
“This is very shocking. According to the listing, Palika Bazar market is involved in the sale of counterfeit products such as mobile accessories, cosmetics, watches and glasses. We strongly condemn the false allegations made against us,” said Darshan Lal Kakkar, president of the Palika Bazaar association.
The 2021 Notorious Marketplaces list released on Thursday identified 42 online marketplaces and 35 physical marketplaces globally that engage in or facilitate significant trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy. Other names on the list included popular e-commerce website IndiaMart.com and three marketplaces across the country – Heera Panna in Mumbai, Kidderpore in Kolkata and Tank Road in Delhi.
The association also wrote to the USTR to drop the deal. “Market traders are involved in selling cheaper products that appeal to the younger generation, as noted in the USTR report. Therefore, it is requested that the allegation made against us can be withdrawn henceforth and it is further requested that such false claims not be made against such a prestigious and friendly marketplace that provides the cheapest products,” added Kakkar.
Palika Bazaar is located at Connaught Place near the Hanuman Mandir complex and falls under the jurisdiction of the New Delhi City Council. Markets sell items ranging from clothing to electronics.
Baljeet Kohli, President of the Palika Bazaar Association, said: “This is a market where people, especially young college girls and boys from middle-class families, can buy jeans, shoes and t-shirts under Rs 1,000. While the first copy of any product costs at least Rs 6,000, we sell second-hand items, clothes and shoes, but no one sells counterfeit and pirated products . It’s totally unacceptable.”
Kohli added that this is not the first time the market has been named in the list. “Two years ago they mentioned Palika Bazaar in their list. The matter was later settled after we protested and wrote to the USTR,” he said.