The call to boycott 'Made in China' products comes at a time when the government is promoting a campaign to make the country self-reliant under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission. Give a Promise To Boycott China Products & Support Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission
We, in India, are heavily dependent on Chinese products, whether we know it or not. Forget smartphones, three-fourths of which come from China, there are innumerable goods of daily use that are made by Indian companies, but depend heavily on Chinese inputs.
Many things that we use today have tiny chips in them to make them user-friendly. Most of these are imported from China.
The reality is not that black and white. Just because we use Chinese products, it does not mean that we shouldn’t want to boycott them or gradually replace them. India’s national movement was full of periodic calls for boycotting British goods. Many people willingly threw away clothes made in Manchester, but went home to use other stuff that was being imported. It was an inevitable aspect of living in British India.
One thing is clear, we have now reached an inflection point in our relationship with China. We need clear alliances to tackle the dragon’s overwhelming presence all around us – especially in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. One way to neutralise China is to leverage its growing business interests in India and simultaneously building closer military ties with the US.