The anger on China for its continued support to Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar in the United Nations and Pakistan is reflecting in an unusual way.
Many are now calling upon the others through social media to boycott Chinese goods this festive season.
“Last weekend I went with my family to some Diwali shopping. I selected several gift items ranging between Rs 100 and Rs 2,000. These included glassware and home decor items. When I looked carefully, I noticed that all glass and gift items and even statues of Lord Ganesha were made in China.
My conscience did not allow this and I left Chinese items on the counter. Indian soldiers are fighting for us. We can’t go to border, but we can support the common cause. China and Pakistan are hand in glove and the Indians should take a resolve on this,” said Rahul Ahuja, an industrialist from Kolkata.
It is not just among the common public, across the country some high profile politicians have also throw their weight behind the campaign.
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij is one among the BJP politicians who have appealed to people not to use Chinese goods.
Calling it a social movement he said “People should not buy Chinese goods. Instead, Indian goods should be used. Trade with China is affecting our country. China is not our friend nation. China can buy weapons with whatever money it earns. There is a possibility that the weapons are given to enemy countries. For every dollar of purchase people make, they may make armed goods. We should focus on Make in India.”
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has also joined the bandwagon urging boycott of Chinese products and celebrate Swadeshi Diwali.
Each year between Durga Puja and Diwali, Chinese products including decorative lights and lamps, gift items and firecrackers worth hundreds of crores of rupees are sold across India.