Almost a year back, at his annual Vijayadashami address from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Nagpur, beamed live for the first time on Doordarshan, RSS chief Mohan Rao Bhagwat veered from the usual and didn’t mention any border incursions with China—always on top of the RSS agenda at all its conclaves. In October 2014, however, Bhagwat chose to slam the Indian consumers’ “penchant for Chinese goods”.
“We speak about self-dependence and standing up to China,” he said in his speech. “The new government seems to be standing up to it. But where will the government draw strength from if we don’t stop buying things from China?” Such was Bhagwat’s fury over Made in China goods (he cited China-made idols of Indian deities as an example) that he even called for a boycott of Chinese goods.