The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has decided to launch a nationwide campaign on 10th June to boycott Chinese products. The campaign comes at a time when India is seeing a surge in anti-China sentiment and more and more people are becoming aware of the various ways in which China is creating roadblocks for India on the global level.
Instead of being at the receiving end of China’s increasingly high handed foreign policy, countries can come together and form international alliances like the ‘Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China’ to effectively counter its rising hegemony.
From simple steps to not buying Chinese brands to large long-term measures to attract electronics manufacturing companies, India needs a slew of creative ideas and high levels of consumer awareness to halt the Chinese juggernaut. The big idea is to take steps that create impact on the personal, societal and governmental level.
China is increasing its global influence through a set of measures including debt-trap diplomacy. It has come a long way as a model for high speed development, but its rising power and influence aren’t on the lines of a responsible global power. Instead, its partnerships with smaller nations are nothing less than a dance with the dragon.
It is high time India developed its own tech infrastructure that can take on global tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter and more. Developing our own operating systems, or mobile platforms, or social media sites is something that Indian entrepreneurs can successfully achieve for making the dream of Aatmanirbhar Bharat a reality.
“The data you generate is only yours”, and till the day world governments don’t understand this basic premise, the responsibility is always on us citizens to ensure that we only use apps, browsers, and other technological solutions that respect us as human beings and not just fodder for some AI algorithm.
As consumers we need to be aware of the apps and online platforms we use everyday and make an effort to understand as to which ones are Indian and which ones look Indian, but are Made in China.
Our consumer behaviour as Indians is largely devoted to getting the maximum bang for our buck. But, if our greed to procure that latest mobile phone with the last camera at a huge discount, comes with a threat to our nation’s security, then I think it’s time we evaluated our consumer behaviour as a whole.