Swadeshi Jagaran Manch has been campaigning against Chinese goods for long. Recently, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev urged people to boycott Chinese goods for their continued support to Pakistan-based terror groups. Of late, a social media campaign calling for boycott of 'Made in China' goods is gaining momentum. According to a Mail Today report, traders at some of the biggest wholesale markets across the country have reported 10 to 20 per cent fall in demand for "cheaper" Chinese wares.
The development is an indication of a nationalist sentiment sweeping the country in the wake of of terror attack on Uri military base and consequent surgical strikes by Indian Army in retaliation.
“If people have decided to teach China a lesson, it can have serious repercussions for the trade," Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) told the correspondent. Khandelwal said there was an unprecedented patriotic wave across the country and the market cannot remain unaffected.
Experts say if this trend catches up, it would be a major loss for Chinese exporters, as India is a huge market of cheaper Chinese items. According to an estimate, the volume of Chinese goods during eight to 12 weeks ahead of festive seasons falls in the vicinity of Rs 1000 crore in Delhi alone. There are similar wholesale inventories of imports from China in all major cities of the country.
A majority of these goods include toys, fancy lights, gift items, plastic ware, decorative goods etc. The Manch has plans to intensify its campaign during the festive season against ‘Made in China’ firecrackers.
In an interview to a national daily, Baba Ramdev said, “I strongly demand that Indians should boycott all Chinese products. We have received nothing from China except betrayal.”