Thursday, 13 July 2017

Hypocrisy : to the 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 )

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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 12th Five 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 ? :

    


·         How China makes Cheap ?

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·         When 2 is greater than 7 ?
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·         The  Chinese  are  coming !


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·         Whole Truth , Please

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

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·         A  Welcome  Problem


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·         Poor  Zhou  YongKang


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·         A  Tale  of  Two  Countries


13  July  2017


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