The Anti-China sentiment ignited across the grounds of India after 20 soldiers died for their country in a violent fatal face-off clash between two powerful nuclear armed countries- India and China at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.
Even as China failed to silence upset families of soldiers, furious Indians over the Galwan Valley border brawl have advocated to boycott China and it’s products and add the country India to the growing list of nations willing to block Chinese Investments.
With several campaigns surfacing the Internet online, what raises the eyebrows is the curiosity of the saying “It is easier said than done” irking the questioning minds that, Can India really afford to boycott Chinese Products?
The ‘Made In China’ products have unimaginably invaded every corner of our household and Indian traders and manufacturers heavily rely on raw materials and imports from the neighbouring nation.
Taking into consideration, the market share and position that Made In China goods already hold in India is abruptly huge and the recent efforts of India to ramp up it’s own manufacturing in creation of indigenous products to compete in the global terrain does not resonate and settle well during these limited present times.
Even as the chorus to Boycott Chinese goods grows across the country the stark truth prevails no matter the loud noise that there is a Chinese import in almost all aspects of our lives.
The mobile supply chain has grounded its firm deep roots in China and the Indian Brands : The MILK is long gone, never to be seen any soon. This vaguely meant that brands like Micromax, Intex, Lava and Karbonn famously known as MILK have already been decimated and the Chinese phones of Behemoth companies have taken over the Indian Smartphone Market.
The China-based BBK group, the parent company of OPPO, Vivo, Realme, and OnePlus, became the country’s leading smartphone seller for the first time, capturing a combined 30% market share.
According to Counterpoint Research, Chinese smartphone brands captured 72 per cent of the Indian market in 2019, compared to 60 per cent a year ago.
Chinese brands have heavily invested in manufacturing devices and accessories in India and as high are the branding and popularity of their brands so low are they cost effective and handy to suit the Indian pockets.
Brands like OPPO, Vivo, Realme and OnePlus once were the favourites of Indians, capturing around 37 per cent market share while Xiaomi (along with Redmi and POCO brands) are standing second at 28 per cent.
Therefore, mobile phones are not just the only Chinese imported items, there are many other little Chinese goods and products that are hiding away from our eyes from the medicines we consume (ingredients that go into making medicines are imported from China) to the electricity we use in our houses and offices (electrical machinery is imported from China) to the computers and laptops we use (most laptops are assembled in China) to the milk required for our beverages (industrial machinery for dairy) to the the food we dine on, India is heavily and beyond ones thoughts dependent on imports from China.
For India to enhance self-dependency and grow stronger in Chinese dominant fields is a long-haul task which cannot occur overnight, which then paves the question that if the mighty presence of China in India is rolled off, who then will fill the void?
India has been facing the unemployment crisis for years now but with the rising of the fatal Coronavirus the Indian economy is dwindling and the action of plucking out China from India completely would severely impact thousands of people employed by companies like Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi factories in India.
And this is not just catering to the employment generated in these factories but also through the value chain, there is an indirect employment relation via retailers, marketing, public relations, advertisements, etc.
Serving as an example, Vivo has won title sponsorship for the IPL series for seven seasons (2016-2022) and will reportedly pay BCCI Rs. 2,199 crore over a period of 5 years.
Another paradox, would be that while many Indians chant to Ban the Red Dragon and Boycott China at the same time, Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus saw a whopping sale of its latest model going sold out in India within minutes on an online shopping portal.
Therefore, boycotting brands like Vivo, Oneplus and other Chinese goods may bring upon them some collateral damage but in turn may adversely hurt the employment graph in India.
If perceived practically it would be an egg thrown at a rock, making it rough for a fragile Indian economy to survive its own ‘Boycott China campaign’
Many official reports, statistics, analysis, comments from experts from various fields explain India’s inevitable dependency on China forcing the unfortunate reality of suffering major losses if opted to switch ‘Exit The Dragon’ mode on.
However with the momentum burning high it is the need of the hour for India to unlearn and relearn, diversify and innovate ways of boosting its manufacturing exponentially, to support the small scale industries and strengthen Indian brands to stand bold in the changing dynamic spectrum of the fierce competing global market.
– Marilyn Ravi, NMTV News