Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday warned against excessive use of Chinese products. Ramdev, in a warning against China-made products, said that India growing dependence on the same is alarming. He said that situation will lead New Delhi to economic slavery of Beijing. “Five years ago China’s commerce with India was around Rs 2 lakh crore, this has doubled in 5 years,” said Ramdev. “If the same speed continued then it will result into a major threat for our economy, India will fall victim of China’s economic slavery,” He added. Ramdev has always been vocal about using Swadeshi (or country-made) products and promotes the same through his TV shows and advertisements of Patanjali products. His comments come at time when there is an online campaign against use of China made products is going on in the country.
A campaign to boycott Chinese goods in India has been started due to differences over India’s bid for NSG membership and UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar. However, it has been obeserved that the campaign doesn’t have much impact on ground and demand for Chinese products has risen in the current year. However, traders body CAIT has anticipated a drop in sale of Chinese products by 30 per cent this Diwali compared to last year. “As per indications available from the markets of different states, as of now there seems to be an expect decline of about 30 per cent in consumption of Chinese products on this Diwali in comparison to last year which in itself would be a strong indication to China and other countries as far as the consumption of Chinese goods in India is concerned,” the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said in a statement.