Traders, entrepreneurs and residents of the city have unanimously joined hands to boycott Chinese products for decorating houses during Diwali.
Traders have also written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to ban import of Chinese products.
“The ban would help us considerably, as we cannot tell every businessman not to sell such products. However, we have appealed to our members and also to the residents, to purchase Indian diyas and candles for decorations, rather than buying Chinese lights,” said Sushil Kumar Jain, president of Vyapar Mandal.
He added that Chinese products are sold like hot cakes during Diwali, in Noida.
“We have also written to PM to review the policy of trade agreements with China and make arrangements to ban the imports of Chinese products to boost the Indian economy and pressurise the Chinese government to not to support Pakistan,” said Sudhir Vohra, another businessman based in Sector 18.
Forums such as Uttar Pradesh Udyog Vyapar Mandal Gautam Budh Nagar, residents’ welfare associations, Noida entrepreneurs association (NEA) and others have sent messages to their members to stay away from Chinese products in the wake of the latter’s support to Pakistan.
“China stood with Pakistan in India’s fight against terrorism. Usually, we choose Chinese products as they are cheaper than Indian products. But this Diwali, we are not going to decorate our homes with Chinese lights at all. We will also not distribute gifts of Chinese make. Rather, we will distribute plants,” said Vipin Malhan, president of NEA.
The businessmen also have appealed to Indian government to create such an environment on war footing to produce the same products which are being imported from china so that the same product can compete in the global market.
Resentment among city residents over China’s support to Pakistan is also high.
“We will celebrate Diwali only with home made diyas and decorate our houses with handmade materials. By not purchasing Chinese products, we want to show solidarity with the country’s integrity and support to fight terrorism,” said Pramod Verma, president of the Sector 30 Residents’ Welfare Association.