India-China Border Tension: Traders Protest, Burn Chinese Goods In Delhi
The Confederation of All India Traders on Monday burnt Chinese goods in Delhi’s main market Karol Bagh to demonstrate their resentment and anger against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in clashes with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley last week.
The protesting traders led by CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal were briefly detained by the police and taken to the Karol Bagh Police Station. CAIT recently launched a national campaign titled ‘Bhartiya Samaan-Hamara Abhimaan’ to boycott Chinese goods.
“This demonstration is a reflection of the boiling anger in the hearts and minds of Indian traders and citizens against China's continued antagonism towards India,” the traders’ body said. “Due to the prevailing state of Covid-19 pandemic, this demonstration was done by adopting all measures of social distancing and safety precautions.”
Khandelwal said that traders and consumers across the country have shown great enthusiasm and tremendous support for boycott of Chinese goods.
The traders’ body claimed that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has accepted its demand to cancel three Memorandum of Understandings signed by the state with Chinese companies recently. While complimenting Thackeray, Khandelwal said, “This step is in line with the sentiments of the people of the country and will be a lesson to China”.
The CAIT has urged traders from all over the country to refrain from selling or buying Chinese goods in view of the upcoming festivals. The first glimpse of this will be seen during Raksha Bandhan in August when Chinese-made rakhis will be boycotted, Khandelwal said.