New Delhi: Following escalating border tensions between India and China in Ladakh, engineer-turned-education reformer Sonam Wangchuk has appealed Indians to boycott “Made in China” products and apps in response to Chinese aggression at the border.
Wangchuk, who inspired Aamir Khan’s character in the movie 3 Idiots, posted a video link on Twitter on Thursday — “Cheen ko Jawaab, Sena degi bullet se, Naagrik dengey wallet se (Answer to China will be given by soldiers with their bullets and citizens with their wallets)”, which has now gone viral.
Several celebrities including actor and supermodel Milind Soman have followed suit and deleted TikTok. He tweeted, “Am no longer on tiktok.” Meanwhile, the appeal has gathered a huge following and Netizens are deleting Chinese apps. The number is yet to be defined.
He advocated that Indians should start boycotting Chinese goods, arguing that the Chinese will feel the pinch harder on “their wallet” than on the border “with bullets”.
“Use your wallet power. #BoycottMadeInChina #SoftwareInAWeekHardwareInAYear to stop Chinese bullying in Ladakh and eventually to liberate the 1.4 billion bonded labourers in China, as also the 10 million Uighur Muslims and 6 million Tibetan Buddhists,” Wangchuk said in the tweet accompanying the video.
Wangchuk said he will delete all Chinese apps from his phone within a week, and he will replace his phone as well, which too is made in China.
“Normally, when there is border tension, we sleep at night thinking soldiers will respond to it. But today I want to say, there should be a citizen response, too. Citizens like you in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru,” said the education reformist.
He added that it’s not just about phones and computers, it is also applicable to the software and apps such as TikTok that need to be boycotted. In the meantime, this will also help India become self-reliant and things made in India will flourish.