Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has once again appealed his fellow Indians to not use Chinese goods and instead buy domestic goods this festive season. In a tweet on Wednesday, he shared a video where a man in Army fatigues says, "What a stroke of luck! When we were kids, we used to fight for (toy) guns and now when we have guns, we can't celebrate Diwali. But I wish you and your family a happy Diwali and happy Dhanteras. Just a kind appeal friends, please don't use Chinese goods. Jai Hind."
Baba Ramdev shared the video with a message in Hindi which read, "Sons of Mother India, who stand for you on the border, contribute in defending them from enemy bullets. The enemy is buying those bullets with the money earned from you and that is used for spreading terrorism. Let's perform our duties, Let's celebrate #SwadeshiDiwali this time."
भारत माँ के लाल जो सीमा पर आपके लिए खड़े है— स्वामी रामदेव (@yogrishiramdev) October 23, 2019
उन्हें दुश्मनों की गोली से बचाने में अपनी सहभागिता निभाये,
आपसे कमाया हुआ धन से दुश्मन बुलेट खरीद रहा है
और उसी से आतंकवाद फैलाया जा रहा है,
अपनी जिम्मेदारी निभायें
चलो इस बार #स्वदेशीदिवाली मनाये!! pic.twitter.com/mMS7buxsmW
In subsequent tweets, he called upon nationalist people and organisations in India to 'liberate' the country from foreign economic, educational, medicinal, linguistic and cultural influence. He added that the Swadeshi movement needs 100% support from the masses. He also called on the citizens to take pride in Indian culture, languages, clothing, customs, music, art, and literature.
This is not the first time Ramdev has called for the boycott of foreign, especially Chinese goods. After China in March put a technical hold on the United Nations Security Council resolution to designate Masood Azhar of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) as a global terrorist, Baba Ramdev had said, “We should teach a lesson to China by boycotting their products." Ramdev has been vocal in his criticism of foreign multinational brands trying to capture the market in India which is causing pain to domestic businesses. During Diwali, many goods like electrical lighting and decorated lamps bought in markets are imported from China which is cheaper and bleeds Indian manufacturers.