With the clamour against Chinese products rising in Gurgaon, civil groups, residents’ welfare associations and even children are seen joining campaigns to convince people to boycott products made in China, especially ahead of Diwali when a number of such products hit Indian markets.
People are holding rallies in parts of old and new Gurgaon, carrying banners, posters and placards urging residents to buy products manufactured in India and shun those made in China. School and college students are also seen participating in such rallies.
A rally taken out on Tuesday saw placards and banners saying ‘Swadeshi Apnao Desh Bachao (adopt indigenous products, save the country), Swadeshi Apnao, China Bhagao (adopt indigenous products, remove China) and Chinese Maal Par Desi Hathaura (local hammer on Chinese products).
“We urge people to use Indian products and avoid Chinese products. It will not only improve our country’s GDP, but also help local manufacturers,” said Geeta Choudhary, a commerce teacher in a local school who teaches slum children in her spare time.
On Tuesday, she took out a rally with these children who passed through markets appealing to shopkeepers, vendors and their customers to avoid Chinese goods in the larger interest of the country. Choudhary said the government cannot ban Chinese products under globalisation treaties, but such awareness campaigns among common people could make a difference.
Sushant Lok 1 resident Himanshu Chaudhary, also the area in-charge of RSS for New Gurgaon, said the campaign for products manufactured in India would continue even after Diwali.
“A number of school and college students have shown interest in the campaign. People need to be made aware of the implications of buying Chinese products” said Chaudhary.
Rallies have been held in markets of sectors 56 and 46, Raahgiri in DLF phase 4, Vyapar Kendra, and Sushant Lok 1. Chaudhary said more areas would be covered in the coming days.