Will India be able to completely boycott Chinese products?

More and more Indians are searching on Google the list of Chinese products to ‘boycott’. This comes after tensions between India and China have heightened at the border in Ladakh.

Though it may sound tough, it is not that difficult for Indians to fully boycott Chinese products.

#BoycottChina, #BoycottMadeinChina, #BoycottChineseApps and #BoycottTiktok began trending on social media.

In fact many people uninstalled the TikTok app from their phones in protest of what was happening on the border. There was an app also to delete the Chinese apps from phones.

Cosmetics, bags, toys, furniture, footwear, watches — these are part of a list of 450 categories of products made in China that will be boycotted by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) over continued border skirmishes.

The CAIT stepped up its nationwide movement against Chinese goods under a campaign “Bhartiya Samaan-Hamara Abhimaan”.

CAIT National Vice President Amar Parwani and State Working Presidents Magelal Maloo and Vikram Singh Deo said in a statement: “The objective is to reduce import of Chinese finished goods by $13 billion or about Rs 1 lakh crore by December 2021.”

The list of over 500 items released by CAIT include FMCG products, consumer durables, toys, furnishing fabrics, textiles, builder hardware, footwear, apparel, kitchen items, luggage, hand bags, cosmetics, gift items, electrical and electronics, fashion apparel, food, watches. gems and jwellery, clothing, stationery, paper, household items, furniture, lighting, health and, packaging products, auto parts, Yarn, Feng Shui Items, Diwali and Holi Items and optical items.

“CAIT strongly condemns China for their military aggression across the LAC in Ladakh wherein three Indian soldiers lost their lives. In the wake of these continued border skirmishes with China, the CAIT has decided to step up its nationwide movement against the boycott of Chinese goods, which was launched on 10 June under its campaign ‘Bhartiya Samaan-Hamara Abhimaan’,” said Praveen Khandelwal, CAIT general secretary.

After the killing of three Indian army soldiers, including a Colonel rank officer in Ladakh while facing off with China, the RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch has once again ramped up calls for boycotting Chinese goods.

National co-convenor of the SJM Ashwini Mahajan took to Twitter and wrote that the latest skirmish is an “eye-opener” for those who support continued trade with China.

“This is an eye-opener for those who argue that there has been no exchange of fire, so we should engage economically with China, say in trade and investment,” he posted.