Hyderabad: As the standoff with Chinese troops on the border turned ugly, with at least three casualties reported from the Indian side, Twitterati took upon themselves to make the #BoycottChineseProducts campaign trend again.
The #BoycottChinese trend had begun late last month when Ladakh-based educator and innovator Sonam Wangchuk gave a call for the same, asking the people to reply with their wallets, by boycotting Chinese products, while the Army would reply with bullets.
On Tuesday, as news trickled in of casualties including of a Colonel from Telangana, hashtags related to the standoff became alive again and started trending.
#IndiaChinaFaceOff, #IndiaChinaBorder, #WorldWar3, #BoycottChineseProducts and #ChinaGetOut were among the trending topics while political overtones also had a say in the trends, with many finding fault with the Indian government’s response. The trends included #WeakestPMModi, which was the actually the second most trending topic after #IndiaChinaFaceOff.
Many dug up old tweets of Modi criticising previous governments of failing to secure the country’s borders with China, and that a “strong government” was needed to change the situation, apart from old tweets of Amit Shah and Smriti Irani among other BJP leaders criticising the previous government on Chinese incursions.
As for the #BoycottChineseProduct trend, many called for an economic retaliation by stopping purchase of Chinese goods and stopping the use of Chinese applications and gadgets. Buying Chinese products was equal to funding bullets for the Chinese Army to kill Indian soldiers, many tweeted.
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