‘Boycott Chinese Food’: Indian Minister’s Bizarre Suggestion

An Indian Union Minister has asked Indians to stop eating Chinese food as anger rises against the neighbouring country after a violent face-off in Ladakh led to casualties.

Junior Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale said one of the actions that citizens can take to hurt China, apart from boycotting Made-in-China products, is to stop eating their food.

“My suggestion is that restaurants and hotels that sell Chinese food should be shut down. I also request those who eat Chinese food to stop eating them, boycott them,” Mr Athawale said.

Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in a violent face-off in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan valley on Monday night. Military commanders of both sides are holding talks at the incident site today to defuse tension.

“In such a time when our 20 soldiers were killed by the Chinese and they disrespected us, my request is that everyone should stop eating Chinese food. All the states must give an order to ban Chinese restaurant and hotels,” the Union Minister told ANI.

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“They should stop doing these activities (on the border). They have no right to come on our border, what is their job in our area? If we are not attempting to control your area, why are you doing so?” he added.

While some supported the Union Minister’s comment, others made light of it as an impractical suggestion, with many pointing out that the so-called Chinese food mostly consumed in India is only in name and those who sell them are people who have a job to lose if their businesses close down.

Protesters on Wednesday threw out flat-screen TVs from their balconies and destroying them, and some burning China-made electronics in protest against Chinese aggression.

There have been calls to stop using mobile apps and other software with roots in China, such as the video-sharing app TikTok.