By A Newsman
Siliguri, 05 August: IN the wake of China’s claim on the Indian territory at Doka La in Sikkim, students of a private school in Siliguri took out a rally in the town calling for boycott of Chinese goods.
The move comes about a fortnight since Amra Bangali, an electorally insignificant political party that champions the cause of the Bengali community, burned Chinese products in the town over alleged Chinese role in the unrest in Darjeeling Hills.
Today around noon, some 500-odd students of the Siliguri Model High School took out a rally from their school premises at Gurung Busty and traversed through the major thoroughfares of the town. They were holding banners and hand scribbled placards calling for boycotting Chinese goods.
The rally was organised by the CBSE affiliated school and it has named the campaign “Be Indian, Buy Indian.” The school’s founder and principal SS Agarwal said that the move was aimed at striking China on the economic front.
“China sells their products in India and from the money collected from here, they procure arms and weapons to be used against India. The aggression that China is showing at Doka La in Sikkim should alarm all the Indians. Hence, our humble call is that boycott Chinese goods and strike them economically,” Agarwal said.
In Siliguri, the Hong Kong Market off Hill Cart Road and the Bagdogra Market are famous for Chinese goods and they facilitate high volume of business to the town. Local residents and tourists alike buy fancy goods, chocolates, and electronic items from there that are way cheaper than their Indian counterparts.