Even as India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is busy with her new ‘Namaste’ diplomacy with Chinese soldiers on Nathu La pass, the sentiment within the administration officials in the country elsewhere appears to be anti-China. At least they are looking to hurt China financially and are promoting local industries instead. It is in this context that a letter issued by District Collector of Baloda Bazaar (in Chhattisgarh state) is being seen. The Collector has officially issued a circular where in he has said that ahead of Diwali festival, government buildings in his district be lit up only using traditional clay lamps made in India. It need be mentioned that Diwali is one of the major festivals celebrated in India and lamps as well as fire crackers are used as part of celebrations by the masses. Now the Chinese have quite a substantial share of most of the items that are purchased by common Indians for Diwali festival. One of the most important reasons being low cost.
But the Baloda Bazaar Collector Rajesh Singh Rana has specifically prohibited use of any Chinese items in government buildings as part of decoration for Diwali festival. That a district Collector should issue official diktat prohibiting use of Chinese items should worry China.