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Indians boycotting 'Made in China' wares for Beijing's support to Pak: Traders
WhatsApp and Facebook campaign that went viral shows impact as wholesalers report about 20% drop in sale of Chinese stuff.

Kumar Vikram | Posted by Arpan Rai
New Delhi, October 7, 2016 | UPDATED 08:07 IST


A social media campaign to boycott 'Made in China' goods, in a rebuttal to its continued support for Pakistan and for voting in the United Nations against Indian interests, has begun to show results. Traders at some of the biggest wholesale markets across the country have reported 10 to 20 percent fall in demand for "cheaper" Chinese wares.

The development is an indication of a nationalist sentiment sweeping the country in the aftermath of terror attack on Uri Army base and consequent surgical strikes by Indian Army in retaliation.

TRADE WAR

"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). Khandelwal said there was an unprecedented patriotic wave across the country and the market cannot remain unaffected.

India is a huge market of Chinese items as they are cheaper. 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.

PUBLIC BOYCOTT OF 'MADE IN CHINA'

A majority of these goods include toys, fancy lights, gift items, plastic ware, decorative goods etc. "Retailers say that their customers have started asking for Indian items," said Rameshwar Goyal, a trader dealing in decorative items at Sadar Bazar, the biggest wholesale market of north India.

Goyal said he too had received messages on his phone about boycotting Chinese lights during Diwali. "I think that campaign has made a difference. People are openly talking about boycotting Chinese items," he said.

Devendra Bansal another trader in Sadar Bazar told Mail Today: "Retailers from NCR and other states come to this market to purchase items. And, there has been huge demand of Chinese items as they are cheaper. But, this time they have taken lesser amount of such items. Instead, they specifically asked for Indian items."

CAMPAIGN TRIGGERED BY FAKE LETTER

The campaign began with a fake letter which was claimed to be signed by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi which urged the Indian consumer to use swadeshi products during Diwali and repulse Chinese goods.

The fake letter was circulated all over social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and also on WhatsApp. The Prime Minister's Office, however, was quick to contest the veracity of the letter and in a tweet clarified that the document was not authentic.

Other than this fake letter, there have been memes and images doing the rounds on the internet spreading the same message. The campaign has managed to tap into the latent anger against China, which has supported Pakistan in the past and had also blocked India's bid to join Nuclear Supplier Group.

Soon, politicians of all hues began to ask people for the boycott. BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on October 3 called for a boycott of Chinese products in protest against its role to shield Jaish-e-Mohammed head Masood Azhar from United Nations ban.

However, he had to delete his tweet some time later.

WHY THIS MOVE WORKS FOR INDIA?

Majority of traders that Mail Today spoke to agreed that such a boycott might harm the business this year but in the long run it will be good for Indian traders and industry. "Traders will have to take a call on not to import Chinese items and consumers will have to decide not to purchase these goods," said Khandelwal of CAIT.

"This will be good if people start accepting Indian goods." Several groups have initiated the campaign which include promoting sale of earthen diyas from villages on social media platforms. #BoycottChina, #BoycottChineseproducts have trended on Twitter recently. Please pledge "This Diwali we will only buy Indian, regardless of price and not Chinese," was tweeted from the handle Fearless Hindu.
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...pp-social-media-campaign-diwali/1/782272.html
 

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good luck to them, as far as I can tell virtually every type of consumer electronic, computer peripheral, or any other device you can think off seems to be made in China these days.
 

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Does not matter how small this impact would be, but at-least it is a signal from people to the governments both Indian and chinese that chinese's actions are being watched by Indian people and they are ready to take action in what ever capacity they can, to turn the tide in their country's favor.
 

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People boycotting Chinese stuff will have a temporary impact, again after a month or so everything will be back to normal. Government should take some initiative to promote Indian manufacturing, brands and discourage foreign ones. Also didn't Xiomi claim to have sold 0.5 million pieces in Diwali sale on Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal? So much for boycott :rofl:
 

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My first reaction was good for the Indians, Chinese quality sucks but then I realized Indian quality sucks more :p:
 

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The fact is that many consumer products now are only made in China and there is no alternative. Indian consumers can survive for a week without Chinese products but how about a month? No one can survive long term without made in China on this planet. For those way overpriced western luxury items, it's up to Indians to pay for having them but they are not daily necessities. But one thing Indians should keep in mind is that China can go without Indian market but if Indians want to develope their economy it won't happen without huge Chinese market.
 

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I hope we can get a slice of some of that consumer electronics manufacturing, PC parts in particular.
 

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The fact is that many consumer products now are only made in China and there is no alternative. Indian consumers can survive for a week without Chinese products but how about a month? No one can survive long term without made in China on this planet. For those way overpriced western luxury items, it's up to Indians to pay for having them but they are not daily necessities. But one thing Indians should keep in mind is that China can go without Indian market but if Indians want to develope their economy it won't happen without huge Chinese market.
Stop kidding yourself, you have a huge overcapacity it is you who need need new markets to export that overcapacity not us.
 

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Indians boycotting 'Made in China' wares for Beijing's support to Pak: Traders
WhatsApp and Facebook campaign that went viral shows impact as wholesalers report about 20% drop in sale of Chinese stuff.

Kumar Vikram | Posted by Arpan Rai
New Delhi, October 7, 2016 | UPDATED 08:07 IST


A social media campaign to boycott 'Made in China' goods, in a rebuttal to its continued support for Pakistan and for voting in the United Nations against Indian interests, has begun to show results. Traders at some of the biggest wholesale markets across the country have reported 10 to 20 percent fall in demand for "cheaper" Chinese wares.

The development is an indication of a nationalist sentiment sweeping the country in the aftermath of terror attack on Uri Army base and consequent surgical strikes by Indian Army in retaliation.

TRADE WAR

"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). Khandelwal said there was an unprecedented patriotic wave across the country and the market cannot remain unaffected.

India is a huge market of Chinese items as they are cheaper. 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.

PUBLIC BOYCOTT OF 'MADE IN CHINA'

A majority of these goods include toys, fancy lights, gift items, plastic ware, decorative goods etc. "Retailers say that their customers have started asking for Indian items," said Rameshwar Goyal, a trader dealing in decorative items at Sadar Bazar, the biggest wholesale market of north India.

Goyal said he too had received messages on his phone about boycotting Chinese lights during Diwali. "I think that campaign has made a difference. People are openly talking about boycotting Chinese items," he said.

Devendra Bansal another trader in Sadar Bazar told Mail Today: "Retailers from NCR and other states come to this market to purchase items. And, there has been huge demand of Chinese items as they are cheaper. But, this time they have taken lesser amount of such items. Instead, they specifically asked for Indian items."

CAMPAIGN TRIGGERED BY FAKE LETTER

The campaign began with a fake letter which was claimed to be signed by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi which urged the Indian consumer to use swadeshi products during Diwali and repulse Chinese goods.

The fake letter was circulated all over social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and also on WhatsApp. The Prime Minister's Office, however, was quick to contest the veracity of the letter and in a tweet clarified that the document was not authentic.

Other than this fake letter, there have been memes and images doing the rounds on the internet spreading the same message. The campaign has managed to tap into the latent anger against China, which has supported Pakistan in the past and had also blocked India's bid to join Nuclear Supplier Group.

Soon, politicians of all hues began to ask people for the boycott. BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on October 3 called for a boycott of Chinese products in protest against its role to shield Jaish-e-Mohammed head Masood Azhar from United Nations ban.

However, he had to delete his tweet some time later.

WHY THIS MOVE WORKS FOR INDIA?

Majority of traders that Mail Today spoke to agreed that such a boycott might harm the business this year but in the long run it will be good for Indian traders and industry. "Traders will have to take a call on not to import Chinese items and consumers will have to decide not to purchase these goods," said Khandelwal of CAIT.

"This will be good if people start accepting Indian goods." Several groups have initiated the campaign which include promoting sale of earthen diyas from villages on social media platforms. #BoycottChina, #BoycottChineseproducts have trended on Twitter recently. Please pledge "This Diwali we will only buy Indian, regardless of price and not Chinese," was tweeted from the handle Fearless Hindu.
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...pp-social-media-campaign-diwali/1/782272.html
this is a great news. you can not get money from us and be hostile using the same money.
 

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