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With Indian Telecom Ministry calling for MTNL, BSNL and other private companies to stop using Chinese equipment and cut off deal, it is the latest and the major push by the government in what has been propagated by people over days to boycott use of Chinese products.
Additionally the ministry has called for old orders to get cancelled and putting curbs on further Chinese corporations involvement in business deals.
With what started as a strong movement during the COVID-19 pandemic, then gained momentum with increasing tensions on the border, has now culminated into a full-fledged drive by people across the nation after 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in face-offs in Galwan recently. This anti-China movement is not new, but with recent development on the border and the unwillingness of the China government to maintain calm and peace has fuelled the fire.
How the Indian Govt. is Pushing for Less Dependency on China Products?
When Honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, propagated the idea of Make-in-India in 2014, it was the first sign of the anti-sentiment and moreover a call toward becoming a self-dependency. While that hasn’t formed the shape as was projected, the Prime Minister’s call for becoming ‘Aatmanirbhar’ few days ago, was in echo of the nationwide call for ‘Boycott China’.
It isn’t that India is the only country where the call for Boycott China is trending these days and is strong. Similar have been movements across different countries like USA, Philippines, and Vietnam over the years, time and again.
How the Sectors Across India Moving Along Toward this Call?
While people are actively calling for reducing their dependency on Chinese products, this can shape with the cooperation from all angles and verticals. The ‘Boycott China’ certainly will gain well from the Trader’s body decision to boycott over 3000 Chinese products, in retaliation towards the on-going border clashes. This, along with today’s announcement of the telecom industry is certainly going to pave the platform to putting curbs on Chinese products.
Is Boycott China Movement Possible? Is it That Easy?
However, with the present penetration of the Chinese products in the Indian sectors, from manufacturing to trade, this isn’t something that can happen merely on calls. But this needs a parallel movement wherein, the gaps and the void in the supply of raw materials and finished cheap products in high quantity can be fulfilled.
This is where Make-in-India which was promised earlier needs to shape into a robust structure. Merely asking to stop buying Chinese products isn’t going to do much alone. India depends heavily on China for imports ranging from raw materials to finished products on which several MSMEs are dependent and the market consumption relies on. To avoid that, there needs to be gap-filling, so that manufacturers are able to get supply from alternate sources, at cheap also, which doesn’t hinder their profit margin. The reliability on Chinese electronic and digital products is large. Without a robust structure wherein there is sound manufacturing, high-end research (which China does) and innovative, mass development and production, won’t do much. While we certainly echo the Boycott China movement, we also don’t want to see manufacturers and traders lose out.
The Make-in-India has to be given a fresh revamp, the policies need to be flexible, the process has to be supportive for small makers and entrants, and the entire business environment has to grow in an unprecedented way if we are to make Boycott China movement successful.