India’s internet boycotts have been kind of weird lately. In an attempt to teach Snapchat a lesson, some of us ended up slamming Snapdeal, just because they shared the word ‘Snap’. And that bad habit reared its ugly head again when people started to downvote Microsoft Excel to protest against Surf Excel’s ad about communal harmony. But after a long time, desi Twitter’s outrage has taken a correct turn after China blocked India’s bid to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”.
On February 14th, a member of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a deadly attack in Pulwama, leading to the death of over 40 CRPF jawans. So, with France, UK, US and Germany’s backing, India attempted to make JeM chief Masood Azhar a “global terrorist”. But the proposal was denied by China.
NDTV reported that China’s objection was made on technical grounds at the last hour before the deadline, after which the UN Security Council would’ve tagged Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”. The move would’ve put a block on Azhar’s assets, funds, travelling and purchase of arms. But that’s not possible now because Chinese diplomats have requested for more time to examine the sanctions request on Azhar.
This led to a widespread outrage on Twitter and netizens vowed to #BoycottChineseProducts to teach China a lesson.
My humble request to every Indian. We must retaliate on China for this act. Show your patriotism by boycotting chinese products. Every rupee will saved by this act will be your contribution to nation and tribute to our soldiers.#BoycottChineseProducts
— Kamal Kumar (@KumarKamal152) March 13, 2019
— Vijay Malkani (@servelove) March 14, 2019
— Krishna Kant singh (@Krishna28298084) March 13, 2019
— Dhruv Raval (@DHRUV584) March 14, 2019
Hold on guyz throw your oppo smartphones first.
Ask your players not to wear china's company sponsored T-shirts
— K. (@K_Serotonin) March 13, 2019
If china uses veto power let's use the power of #India to teach them a lesson.
— Rakesh R. Bag 🇮🇳 (@RakeshRBag) March 13, 2019
Wonder if each individual will promise to and stop buying anything "made in china"
They know Indians individually are selfish and while we will want others to do a lot of things, we will sit in and do nothing but buy from them, bolstering their economy like nobody else does!! https://t.co/Lh9vHYIL1l
— Arun Subramanian (@ArunBytes) March 14, 2019
Now India has only weapon for China.Don't buy any product of Made in China,bcoz India is one of the largest market of China. https://t.co/W2qGc4QVrY
— Sandeep Das (@Sandeepdas2017) March 14, 2019
— रुपेश🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@Rajpoot_Roopesh) March 14, 2019
China once again blocks ban on Masood Azhar for d fourth time in UNSC. Time to boycott all Chinese goods to teach them a lesson. #BoycottChineseProducts
— sunil boobna (@boobna) March 13, 2019
— Tejas Nemanwar (@tejnemanwar) March 14, 2019
— सौरभ कुमार (@barauli_saurav) March 14, 2019
All Indians who are having even an iota of self integrity should no longer buy anything from smartphones to pens from the Chinese who are sponsoring terrorism 🙏😔
— Upasana Singh (@upasanatigress) March 14, 2019
The disappointment among Indians was echoed by the Ministry of External Affairs. According to India Today, their official statement in response to China’s move said that,
“We are disappointed by this outcome. This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, 2019.”
The MEA added,
“We are grateful for the efforts of the Member States who moved the designation proposal and the unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors. We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice.”
NDTV reported that the UN had banned the Jaish-e-Mohammed in 2001. But due to China’s veto, India hasn’t been able to ban Masood Azhar. The block on Wednesday makes it the fourth time that the Chinese have put a hold on India’s efforts to proscribe the mastermind under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.