1. Boycott Chinese products campaign gains fresh momentum: Here’s how and why RSS plans to do so amid Sikkim standoff

Boycott Chinese products campaign gains fresh momentum: Here’s how and why RSS plans to do so amid Sikkim standoff

Amidst the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Doklam area of Sikkim sector, the RSS, has planned to step up the 'Boycott Chinese Products' campaign.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2017 2:36 PM
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Amidst the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Doklam area of Sikkim sector, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has planned to step up the ‘Boycott Chinese Products’ campaign from August 1. According to RSS mouthpiece, Organiser, the RSS would launch a nation-wide mass awareness drive against Chinese goods between August 1 to 15. Apart from this, a country-wide campaign by RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) is already on. SJM claims that the campaign has received the support from people in “good number” and it would conclude on October 29 at Delhi’s Ramlila Ground with a massive rally.

In an interview to the Organiser, SJM national vice-president Satish Kumar said around 87 lakh people across the country have pledged to boycott Chinese goods and the campaign is gaining momentum.

Revealing how the SJM is taking up the campaign, Kumar said people supporting the campaign have demonstrated outside the Chinese Embassy, mass protests in many parts of the country have been held and some market associations have also vowed not to import and sell Chinese goods.

The SJM has requested the government to impose anti-dumping duties on different sub-standard Chinese items. According to Kumar, the government has already done so in steel sector by imposing 18 per cent anti-dumping duty. “It is because of such actions that in power sector, the Chinese companies are out. They cannot now bid in power, steel, railways and plastic industries. We now want the government to impose maximum duties and restrictions on Chinese goods,” Kumar told Organiser.

According to Kumar, the aim of the campaign is “multi-dimensional”. He says this is a “positive campaign” to “boost” Indian economy. And, “it is not merely against the Chinese goods, we are opposing the GM crops too. We are for Swadeshi in every aspect,” Kumar said.

Kumar said that SJM has submitted 400 memorandums to the government to ban Chinese goods. Because of global agencies like WTO, BRICS etc, it is not “easy for any government to take such decisions immediately”. But, he said, consumers are free to buy what they want. Kumar hoped by Diwali this year, the entire country would be aware of “Chinese nefarious designs and not a single rupee Chinese product will be purchased or sold in the Indian markets.”

According to Kumar, Boycott Chinese Products campaign is aimed at promoting Swadeshi at a time when “globalisation model of economy is under question all over the world.” He says resentment against globalisation came to the fore after Brexit and even the US has started to emphasise ‘Be American Buy American’.

The SJM official said the recent Paris Summit “proved” that globalisation “failed” in saving the environment and led to inequality across the world. “Therefore, the Swadeshi thought is being accepted not only in Bharat but across the world,” he said.

Kumar further said most of India’s trade deficit is because of China (around 120 billion dollar) and if India doesn’t start domestic product immediately, “it will become a major challenge to our economy.”

Because of huge imports from China, Kumar said, India’s manufacturing sector is facing heavy losses. There have been shut-downs and employment sector is under huge pressure. “How can such an economy survive for long? If we have to save our manufacturing and employment sectors we have to return to Swadeshi. This is what we are telling the people,” Kumar said.

Kumar also advised China to mend its ways. “How can we allow China to make repeated bids to encroach our land and sell its goods in our markets causing heavy trade deficit to our country? China has to mend its ways.”

  1. Sajal Shrivastava
    Aug 21, 2017 at 9:29 pm
    We need to also put an end to earphones. Which comes with mobile phones, also we need to assemble smartphones in India to put an end to chinese company.
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      Alok
      Aug 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm
      Chine Pakistan are our enemy country. Stop trading with them.
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        Ankush jain
        Jul 24, 2017 at 10:28 pm
        Usually Indians do not tend to change unless strict implementation is made by anyone. So firstly Gov should be out with a policy that prohibits these Chinese products. The remedies like anti-dumping duties are not much helpful. However the ultimate responsibility is of Indians to support various campaign carried out by RSS and others for the betterment of us. Together we stand - Together we can fight.
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          krishna kumar
          Jul 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm
          People pledging " boycott of chinese goods " should be 87 crores and not 87 lakhs. All Indians who have faith in our manufacturing capabilities, feelings of Nationalism and love for the country must boycott chinese goods. We must learn from the past experience. China has never been our friend and will never be, take it as a fact. We , Indians must support our industries and not the chinese and get into Trade Deficit syndrome . Chinese goods may be cheap but their quality is substandard and the reason to boycott .
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          1. Raman Kumar
            Jul 24, 2017 at 4:52 pm
            FULL SUPPORT
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              SKManjunath
              Jul 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm
              Govt projects like Nagpur Metro is being given to Chinese.Import of Solar panels should be stopped and encourage local production and make it compe ive by reducing taxes.
              Reply
              1. Milind Sharma
                Jul 24, 2017 at 4:11 pm
                it is very simple...mention make in india on every indian product and make in china on each of the chinese product. People will stop purchasing things that are made in china. Govt must make it a rule. Also, a rule must be made that any one selling make in china and publishing labels as make in india shall be hanged.
                Reply
                1. Milind Sharma
                  Jul 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm
                  it is very simple...mention make in india on every indian product and make in china on each of the chinese product. People will stop purchasing things that are made in china. Govt must make it a rule. Also, a rule must be made that any one selling make in china and publishing labels as make in india shall be hanged.
                  Reply
                  1. Milind Sharma
                    Jul 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm
                    it is very simple...mention make in india on every indian product and make in china on each of the chinese product. People will stop purchasing things that are made in china. Govt must make it a rule. Also, a rule must be made that any one selling make in china and publishing labels as make in india shall be hanged.
                    Reply
                    1. Milind Sharma
                      Jul 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm
                      it is very simple...mention make in india on every indian product and make in china on each of the chinese product. People will stop purchasing things that are made in china. Govt must make it a rule. Also, a rule must be made that any one selling make in china and publishing labels as make in india shall be hanged.
                      Reply
                      1. Milind Sharma
                        Jul 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm
                        it is very simple...mention make in india on every indian product and make in china on each of the chinese product. People will stop purchasing things that are made in china. Govt must make it a rule. Also, a rule must be made that any one selling make in china and publishing labels as make in india shall be hanged.
                        Reply
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