Jamshedpur traders burn Chinese goods in protest on Holika-dahan eve
Traders in Jamshedpur burned Chinese goods to protest China's move to use its veto in the UN Security Council against the declaration of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist". A heap of Chinese toys, mobile phones, CCTV cameras, footwear, clothes and other items were burned at Bistupur market yesterday, a day before 'Holika-dahan'. 'Holika-dahan' is a ritual observed on eve of Holi.
Woods, dried leaves, twigs are set on fire on 'Holika-dahan'
"Our members brought those Chinese products from their homes and burned them as we observe the Holika-dahan before the Holi festival," Bharat Vasani, the vice-president of the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), said. 'Holika-dahan' is a ritual in which wood, dried leaves, twigs, and other inflammable articles are set on fire, to mark the killing of devil Holika by Lord Vishnu.
China had blocked UN's bid to designate Azhar as 'global-terrorist'
China, for the fourth time, blocked a bid in the United Nations Security Council last week to designate the Pakistan-based chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed as a "global terrorist" by putting a technical hold on the proposal, a move which India termed disappointing.
Confederation of All India Traders had organized this protest
On the call of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), traders across the country gave a strong message to China by burning Chinese goods ahead of Holi festival. CAIT National Secretary Suresh Sonthalia said Indian traders are annoyed with China for "waging a back door war against the interests of India by helping Pakistan". The participants held placards urging people to boycott Chinese goods.
Will ensure trade of Chinese-products doesn't flourish anymore: Sonthalia
Describing the traders as "Chowkidars of Indian economy," Sonthalia said they will ensure that trade of China-made products doesn't flourish anymore. They also demanded imposition of custom duty ranging from 300-500% to minimize import from China. SCCI General Secretary Vijay Anand Moonka said the China-Pakistan nexus is aimed at weakening India's economy and traders have decided not to compromise with national interest.