When Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the fourth phase of lockdown in India, the keyword of his speech that has remained in the mind of every citizen even till today is ‘Atma Nirbhar’ a.k.a., self-reliant. The focus on Atma Nirbharta had gained renewed importance after Modi’s speech and had also made us wonder if it was an indication for not only an individual but the entire nation to become self-reliant.
Do you remember the engineer-cum-scientist, Sonam Wangchuk, who was the inspiration behind Aamir Khan’s character in the film, ‘3 Idiots’? Well, Sonam had exhorted Indian citizens to boycott all the Chinese products and apps including the famous TikTok amid escalating border tension between India and China. In a video shared by Sonam on YouTube with the title, ‘China Ko Jawab – Sena degi bullet se, Naagrik denge wallet se’. Hashtag like #BoycottChineseProducts and #BoycottChina has been trending on social media and Arshad Warsi, Milind Soman, Ranvir Shorey, and other Bollywood personalities have joined the campaign. Sonam has explained how the business that India is giving to China is used against the Indian soldiers and China earns millions and millions of dollars from India.
But the question is, can we really boycott China at once? What will be the challenges and consequences that India will have to face to boycott China? If we all unite to make PM Modi’s vision of ‘Local to Global’ successful, we would need to gradually and eventually boycott Chinese products. Be it our basic essentials, electronics, medicine or in simple language, pant ki zip se supercomputer ke chip tak, ‘Made in China’ is everywhere. And to replace it with ‘Made in India’, the struggle will be really hard!
As per the reports, India is one of the biggest importers of Chinese products, and boycotting the same would not only affect several sectors but also cost the jobs of thousands of people. In the middle of a pandemic, China is getting political. While India is fighting the novel virus and the economy has suffered the most, China taking advantage and is using the opportunity to provoke a serious conflict. If the economy is the weapon, then we must use it against China as we are the distributors. Apparently, the Chinese smartphone brands control over 70% of market share in India. Our country is also dependent on China for meeting its solar equipment demand. And in 2018-19, over 60% of electronics and its components and over 80% of antibiotics were exported by China. Right now, 8/10 things in your room are ‘Made in China’. Yes, on that scale we are reliant on them.
But looking at the brighter side, it will give the entrepreneurs an opportunity to help build an Atma Nirbhar India. Boycotting them gradually will help us become self-reliant and in the end, maybe only for a few essentials, we will have to pay China. The potential that our country has is incomparable and that is how, if we are determined, we can and we will make India self-reliant. It will be challenging, but not impossible!
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