This festive season, India boycotts Chinese wares in revenge for its continued backing to Pakistan. According to a report in the Daily Mail, the biggest wholesale traders across the country report between 10 to 20 percent fall in the demand for the cheap Chinese wares this year.
The Indian public has been swept around by a nationalist sentiment especially in the social media networks after the terror attacks at the Uri army base.
This started as a campaign in the social to boycott the ‘Made in China’ products in India to avenge hypocrite China for providing a continued backing to Pakistan while India faced the terror issues originating from Pakistan. The Indians have also not forgotten the China voting against Indian interest at the United Nations earlier this year.
“If people have decided to teach China a lesson, it can have serious repercussions for the trade,” said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) according to the report.
India is a huge market for the Chinese wares which are much cheaper. The Chinese crackers, lighting wares for the festive season are imported in very huge quantities that the business of cheap Chinese wares only this festive season in Delhi alone comes around Rs. 1000 crore!
A trader in Sardar Bazaar, Goyal has told the Daily Mail that the customers have started asking for Indian items. He said that the campaign is making a big difference and people are openly talking about it.
This campaign though started with a fake letter forged with the Prime Minister Modi’s signature in whatsApp groups, it is proving to be an effective campaign now. Even if the PMO clarified the inauthenticity of the letter, the campaign have brought together nationalistic anger against China. Besides, politicians and various organisations have also joined the campaign which also accounts to strengthen the campaign.