Hypocracy : to Nth degree

 

 

In past 2 days , following news reports got me thinking :

 

  • Boycott “ Made in China “ : Andheri residents , activists plan protests

( Hindustan Times / 11 July )

 

  • Boycott Chinese goods, principals tell students( A small step to evoke Patriotism )

( Times of India / 10 July )

 

ARGUMENTS ADVANCED :

 

  • Silent protest against conflict with China on Bhutan border

 

  • Create awareness ( ? )

 

  • Send a message of patriotism among masses

 

  • Show support to Indian soldiers on the border

 

  • Students must be made aware about problems the country is facing

 

  • Even if we are able to hurt the economic gains China makes through our country by a little , it will mean we are doing our bit

 

NOW CONSIDER THIS :

 

  • India-China trade ( $ 2.9 billion in 2000 / $ 71.6 billion in 2015 )

 

  • In same year , our imports from China exceeded our exports to China, by $ 53 billion ! What would our Principals want us to stop importing from China ?

 

  • From China , India buys : Toys ( 95 % of all the toys sold in India ) / Furniture / Building Hardware / Crackers / Lighting and Electric Fittings / Furnishing Fabric / Office Stationary

 

  • Look at Machinery for Power Projects : Of the 117 GW of projects ordered for the 12thFive year plan , almost 45 % were bagged by foreign players led by the Chinese

These Chinese Power Plants cost HALF of locally manufactured plants , enabling cheaper electricity tariff

 

  • One more reason , our Electricity Tariff are going down is due to surge in Solar Power generation . Here again , nearly all solar PV modules are imported from China – and their prices are dropping by 22 % year after year after year !

 

  • More than 90 % of the Electronic Appliances / Devices , in the homes of those protesting Parents and Principals , are Chinese Imports !

 

  • Using these “ criteria “ ( of border skirmishes ) , shall we also stop imports from Pakistan / Myanmar / Bangladesh etc ?

 

  • Despite UN sanctions , most of the World continues imports from Libya / Iraq / Iran / Syria etc

 

  • Even USA continues to import Chinese Goods despite fighting over those artificial islands created by China in South China Sea

 

  • Ditto – for US imports from Mexico / Cuba

 

  • What if China decided to stop import of Iron ore from India ?

 

  • What about components for smart phones being imported from China – then assembled in India , with 10 % local value addition ? Are those phones , “ Made in China “ or “ Made in India “ ?

 

  • And when Chinese company , FoxConn assembles these in India and ( re- ) exports all over the World , do we pride ourselves on OUR exports ?

 

WOULD IT NOT BE BETTER TO TELL OUR CHILDREN FOLLOWING FACTS OF GLOBALIZED  ECONOMY ? :

 

 

 

 

https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2014/11/how-china-makes-cheap.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2017/06/when-2-is-greater-than-7.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2017/03/poverty-alleviation-chinese-way.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2017/02/level-playing-field-is-double-edged.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/12/the-chinese-are-coming.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/11/whole-truth-please.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/09/prakash-piyush-nitin-ko-kyun-gussa-aata.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/08/competitive-advantages-are-transient.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/08/a-welcome-problem.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/06/growing-faster-than-china.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/05/dont-ask-dont-tell.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2014/04/poor-zhou-yongkang.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2014/01/petty-thieves-or-party-thieves.html

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https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2013/09/a-tale-of-two-countries.html

 

13  July  2017

www.hemenparekh.in / blogs

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