Published: 10th July 2017
Don't buy phones, toys or videogames: Mumbai principals urge students to avoid buying Chinese goods
The decision comes in the backdrop of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Dokalam area in Sikkim sector
The Mumbai School Principals' Association is mulling to issue an "appeal" to students to avoid buying goods that are 'Made in China'. The decision comes in the backdrop of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Dokalam area in Sikkim sector. "It is not an order but an appeal to students, who are going to be the future citizens of our country. I think it was necessary to take such steps as a support to our leaders," the Association's Secretary Prashant Redij said.
"We have prepared a draft regarding the same. Once it is approved by all the members of the association, we will circulate it in schools in the Mumbai metropolitan region," he said. There are around 1,500 schools in the region as part of the association. "We are checking the legal aspects, as it is not an order but an appeal. We are making it because we think, at our level, we should do something to counter China's stand on our borders," Redij said.
Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim
Asked about international trade agreements and the Indian government which may come in the way of putting a ban on one country's goods, he said, "I do not understand it in-depth but I am aware of the fact that a blanket ban is impossible. I also want to know how we can maintain trade relations when the same country is creating troubles on our borders unnecessarily." He also said that,"In schools, we teach history to students, about the Indo-China war, how our the country suffered from it and then students use 'Made in China' products to write their answers. It is ironical, hence we have decided to make an appeal,"
"There will be no compulsion on any of the students to stop buying or using Chinese goods. It is going to be an individual choice or family's decision. No school will push or pursue these issues. We are making an appeal and nothing more than that," Redij said. China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road.