torsdag 22. august 2019

Indians told to boycott Chinese goods after Beijing backs Pakistan on Kashmir

Days after China backed Pakistan and prodded the United Nations Security Council into an informal discussion on New Delhi’s decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy, anger is brewing in India against the Asian dragon. A campaign is slowly gaining traction that calls for an economic boycott and heavy tariffs against Chinese goods, even as India struggles with a flailing economy and an unprecedented jobs crisis.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Hindu nationalist ideological fountainhead of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has launched a campaign across the country asking Indians to shun Chinese products. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), a nationwide group with over 70 million affiliated businesspeople, has joined in. The group wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise import duties to 500 per cent. All this has been backed by a vicious social media campaign.