New Delhi, March 19 (Indian Express): Indian traders have ignored a call by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) to boycott Chinese goods following China’s refusal to allow the UN Security Council to list the Pakisatan-based Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
“Ninety percent of the market here runs on Chinese goods. How will it function if we call for a boycott?,” said a local shopkeeper in New Delhi’s Sadar Bazar, popular for items manufactured in the neighboring country, even as the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) gave a call to burn and boycott Chinese goods across 1,500 places on Tuesday.
Indian markets registered minimal participation as shopkeepers and hawkers continued to sell Chinese pichkaris (water guns) among other items ahead of Holi.
Despite a demonstration by the union, locals refused to put on hold the sale of Chinese products, saying that they have stocks which have to be sold.
“We are selling Chinese goods. They were stocked up earlier. If India is importing items from China, we have no choice but to sell them. We will continue to sell them as per demand,” says Vikas, a worker at a local shop.