Chinese 'support' for Islamabad 'adds zeal' to calls for swadeshi goods to be favoured at Diwali fairs
- RSS affiliate calls for boycott of all foreign goods, mostly those from China
- The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) says India needs to ‘protect identity’
- Development comes days after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat urged citizens to abandon the tendency of buying ‘cheaper’ goods from abroad
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18:49 EST, 19 October 2016
18:49 EST, 19 October 2016
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), the economic wing of the Sangh Parivar that seeks to promote indigenous industries and culture, says that the country needs to protect its identity and products against an ‘invasion’ of merchandise from overseas.
The development comes days after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat urged citizens to abandon the tendency of buying goods, including foreign-made statues of Indian gods and goddesses, simply because they are cheaper.
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) called on people to favour homegrown products
“This mela is to encourage the spirit of self-reliance and swadeshi,” said Ashwani Mahajan, national convenor of SJM.
“Apart from providing an opportunity to craftsmen, these events also bring to consumers things that are not readily available in the market.
“We are trying to provide an alternative to foreign products that have crept into our lives, especially Chinese ones.”
The development comes days after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat urged citizens to abandon the tendency of buying goods from abroad
SJM activists also burnt the effigies of Madhya Pradesh ministers on Wednesday to protest invitations to Chinese companies for the Global Investors Summit to be held in the BJP-ruled state this week.
Analysts see this as a reaction to Beijing’s overt support to Islamabad amid flaring tensions between India and Pakistan following the Uri attack.
“Perhaps for the first time after independence, a certain consensus has arisen among people against Chinese products owing to its anti-India stand on various issues and this is going to add to the zeal against buying Chinese goods despite cheaper prices,” Mahajan said.
The SJM has been extremely categorical in its hostility towards foreign products and the ‘ill-effects’ of globalisation on Indian manufactures and artisans, so much so that it has come into conflict with the BJP government at the Centre on many occasions.
The fair is witnessing participation from 15 states, and more than 100 stalls have been put up. It is also focusing on marketing products centred around the cow.
The festival will showcase earthen pots and vessels, articles used for decoration and handmade items apart from the usual hand-woven cloths such as saris and also several edible products.
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