NEW DELHI: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday condoled the death of 20 Indian soldiers in clashes with the Chinese forces in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley and condemned China for its “violent and aggressive” behaviour.
“RSS salutes the Indian soldiers, who attained martyrdom while protecting the country’s integrity and self-respect in Galwan Valley in Ladakh region, We express condolences to the families of the soldiers, who lost their lives,” Bhagwat said.
The RSS chief said, “The RSS condemns the aggressive and violent behaviour of the Chines government and its army. We all Indians are fully with the Indian army and the government in this hour of crisis
Members of RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) and army veterans staged a protest on Wednesday outside the Chinese embassy in the national capital. They were briefly detained by the Delhi Police.
The SJM has decided to intensify its campaign against Chinese goods and also against investments from the companies belonging to the neighbouring country and contracts allotted to them in India.
“We have already launched campaign against Chinese consumer goods,” SJM national co-convenor Ashwini Mahajan told TOI.
He said the campaign was launched on March 20 and is intended to bolster the “self-reliant India” campaign and ensure that there is no Chinese presence in any form in the country.
“The response has been very good as people are coming out in huge numbers boycotting Chinese goods. The campaign got a boost after some celebrities like environmentalist Sonam Wangchuk joined the campaign,” Mahajan said.
“Besides, we are sensitising policy- makers in the government regarding Chinese Apps. We have also urged the government and states to cancel work tenders allotted to Chinese companies,” he added.