As a mark of support to the demand to boycott Chinese products, an electronics showroom in Guwahati has stopped selling China-manufactured appliances and goods.
The call to boycott Chinese products has also reflected in a survey by LocalCircles after the violent India-China faceoff in Galwan Valley of Ladakh where 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
The call to boycott ‘Made in China’ products comes at a time when Narendra Modi-led government is promoting a campaign to make the country self-reliant under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission.
A notice has been placed outside the showroom, Next Electronics, located at Ulubari in Guwahati which reads: “We have stopped selling products of Chinese brands”.
The owner of the showroom, Abhishek Soni, said they have decided not to sell China-made products.
He also informed that they have returned all the Chinese products which were available in their showroom.
The products of Chinese brands, which the showroom has returned include refrigerators, mobile phones, washing machines, LED TVs, and others.
Showroom owner Soni said they have taken the decision to promote Indian products and he hoped there will be a major change in the next 3-4 years if the people of India change their mindsets and stop using Chinese products.
He urged all to boycott Chinese products for the sake of turning India into an export hub.
According to a survey by LocalCircles, the clashes in Galwan Valley have resulted in an increase in anti-China sentiments with 87 per cent of consumers willing to boycott Chinese products for the next year.
The report claims, Indian consumers are willing to boycott China-based brands while many suggest massive hikes on import duties on Chinese products.
The report said: “97 per cent Indians say they will boycott buying major Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, WeChat, Tik Tok, etc.”
“This means that 97% Indians say they will boycott buying major Chinese brands and instead, support Indian brands,” the report added.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) recently started a campaign to boycott Chinese products over “continued border skirmishes”.
The traders’ body on June 16 released a list of over 450 broad categories of commodities, which have over 3,000 Chinese products.
The products include cosmetics, bags, toys, furniture, footwear, and watches.