Even as Indo-China skirmish at the Galwan Valley Border sprung up wide criticism and uproar in the country, angry masses kept chanting slogans of boycott China and ran Internet campaigns advocating a ban of products made in China.
Citing to national security concerns and espionage the Indian Government banned 59 Chinese applications including the widely trending TikTok app. Masses across India reacted in support of the Government’s decision.
But what comes now as a mere surprise is the very truth that though the Anti-Chinese mindset prevails so mightily, we Indians remain confused whether to Hate Chinese products or Love them?
The Indian social media had gone sweeping online with viral reports and videos of agitated Indians vandalising stores that sell Chinese products, breaking their Chinese televisions and smartphones in retaliation to border tensions between the two countries.
While some strongly condemned Chinese products, several others got their hands on a new model launched by a Chinese smartphone brand.
Chinese brand Realme launched the Realme C11 in India last week via the company’s local site and Flipkart.
As per records from RealMe, over 150K Realme C11 units were sold in just 2 minutes in its first sale in India.
A similar consumer reaction towards another Chinese brand was witnessed when on June 18, OnePlus 8 Pro was launched, which got sold out within minutes on Amazon India.
Its rather bizarre that even at a time when such strong Anti-China waves are masking the country, yet there has been no dip in sales of any Chinese smartphone brands.
Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Vivo, and Realme have witnessed no change in the standard response of Indian consumers.
The boycott China rhetoric to beat away and chase the dragon seems completely fragile, critically requiring a bird’s view perspective over two powerful economic systems at contemporary and challenging times as such.
India can’t deny the fact about its current dependency on China for many products such as medical equipment, pharmaceutical ingredients, APIs, chemicals, automobile components, technologically-advances goods, etc.
The Chinese have deeply penetrated the Indian markets, conquering 80% of the smartphones market in India.
The only fact that stands out loud and clear is an overnight transition to waive off this dependency is unrealistic and not possible, we cannot wish away the Chinese products that have already flooded and held their grounds strong in our markets, what India can do is to formulate a well-planned and a well-balanced strategy to reduce China’s influence on the Indian market and ramp up India’s various sectors to march on towards becoming self-reliant.
With hopes to get the Indian economy back on its feet running, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised on the idea of an “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” or a ‘Self-Reliant India’ and began campaign ‘vocal for local’ in order to encourage ‘Made in India’ products, to boost the local economy and even attract foreign direct investment.
China’s dubious moves hampering the world sends a clarion call that it is the need of the hour that countries revisit their domestic and international policies and master a plan with structural reforms and appropriate policy interventions across sectors to be loosen the grip of China’s Power over the world and go China Dependent Free.
– Marilyn Ravi, NMTV News