SAY "NO TO CHINESE LIGHTS"
SAY "YES TO TRADITIONAL INDIAN DIWALI"
The next Diwali festival is on October 19. Despite China being a troublesome neighbour, for years we have been celebrating Diwali with Chinese decoration lights and images of gods and goddesses which can be easily made in India. Last year, thanks to Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Desi Diwali’ message, the traditional Indian lights were more in demand, much to the discomfort of the greedy businessmen who had stocked huge quantities imported from China.
Not just Diwali, we have been celebrating with Chinese spray guns and colours. On , lakhs, if not millions, of Indian sisters tie ‘Rakhis’ imported from the enemy country on the wrists of their brothers as a mark of love and affection and for ‘protection’. This year the RSS launched a campaign against Chinese ‘Rakhis’. Perhaps, that provoked the Chines to accuse BJP and RSS of promoting Hindutva, as if it is against the interest of India!
The Indian markets are flooded with toys and thousands of other minor things of daily use or for special occasions. Our businessmen hope to make good profit by selling such Chines goods.
But why blame only businessman? They are in the business of making money, though they are not expected to completely ignore the national interest. It is primarily the fault of consumers like us that such Chinese goods are in so much demand, not only on the occasions of Diwali but also during marriage seasons.
True, the share of the Chinese lights and other such items in the total import from China is insignificant. India has huge trade deficit with China. According to the information furnished by Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the Lok Sabha on 28 November last year, India’s trade deficit with China increased to $52.69 billion in 2015-16 from $48.48 billion in the previous financial year. She attributed the growing trade deficit with China “primarily to import of manufactured items to meet the demand of fast expanding sectors like telecom and power,”
Still, the boycott of the Chinese goods on the great festive day would send a strong national message needed more seriously this year than in 2016.
Ever since China captured Tibet, it has been a very troublesome neighbour, missing no opportunity to create problems for our country. The 1962 war is often described as ‘betrayal of India by China’ but, in my opinion, it was ‘betrayal of India by Jawahar Lal Nehru.’ The author of and had very poor sense of history. In the early 19th century, Napoleon Bonaparte had given a prophetic warning to the world: ‘There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep for if he wakes up he will shake the world.’ Even if Nehru had read these lines, he must not have believed or understood it. Nor did Nehru possess brain to understand the importance of a buffer state that Tibet was. Moreover, he lacked capacity to understand the long-term evil design of China. When the Chines attacked India in 1962, Prime minister Nehru announced that ‘I have asked my boys to throw the Chines out’ and went on foreign jaunt.
Completely naïve in foreign diplomacy, Nehru convinced himself and the nation that his utopian ‘Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence’ would make the world a peaceful place and India’s neighbours very friendly. The world politics is not that simple. A similarly naïve American President, Woodrow Wilson, had believed that the First World War was ‘the War to end all Wars’ and that the League of Nations together with Disarmament Conferences would lead to world peace. That did not happen. A more disastrous World War took place between 1939 and 1945. It ended not because of the League of Nations but because of atom bombs dropped on Japan.
The League of Nations’ successor, the UNO, has not proved effective in restraining warlords either in the Middle East or in Asia. Nor are the first and second military powers of the world (USA and Russia, respectively) are really bothered that the third and fourth military powers of the world (China and India, respectively), both armed with nuclear bombs and long range missiles, are often on the brink of confrontation. India has to defend itself from its two hostile neighbours (China and Pakistan) who have joined hands.
China knows that today India is not the same as it was in 1962. In 1962, an ill-fed, ill-dressed, ill-equipped Indian army faced the mighty People’s Liberation Army. Today, India is in position to attack any part of Chine. Moreover, any full-scale war between India and China on the Indians soil would be disastrous not just for India but also for China which has huge investment in our country. However, that cannot be the reason to be slack.
‘Make in India’ has been a favourite strategy of Prime Minister Modi. It would be better if he directs his attention to getting those goods made in India for which we are heavily dependent on China. It may not happen in a short time but must be pursued vigourously to reduce India’s dependence on imports from China.
Meanwhile, at least we can stop using decoration lights, images of gods and goddesses, spray guns, rakhis, toys and other ordinary things made inChinaSimultaneously, our entrepreneurs should be extended all facilities to domestically manufactured such goods.
I hope, this year too Prime Minister Modi will give ‘Desi Diwali’ message but a strong resolution adopted by the people themselves right now will discourage the businessman to import and stock these Chinese decoration pieces in the hope of making quick profit.
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