Anand Mahindra slams Chinese editor with a strong message

ST Staff
Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The tweet comes as a reply to Hu Xijin, tweet about India saying,  "Indian friends, you need to have some things that are more important than nationalism."

Giving a subtle but strong reply to the Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin for his tweet on India,  Indian businessman and Chairman of Mahindra Group Anand Mahindra shows his faith in the country. 

"I suspect this comment might well be the most effective & motivating rallying cry that India Inc. has ever received. Thank you for the provocation. We will rise to the occasion..."Considering the current situation in the country, while India bans major Chinese products, sites and apps. Shailesh Gupta, the president of Indian Newspaper Society has urged the government to ban access to Chinese Media in the country. 

The tweet comes as a reply to Hu Xijin, tweet trolling India saying,  "Indian friends, you need to have some things that are more important than nationalism."

The Global Times Editor-in-Chief's tweet came amid the rising tension between India and China following the recent face-off in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh on June 15. 

Hu Xijiin's tweet read, "Well, even if Chinese people want to boycott Indian products, they can't really find many Indian goods. Indian friends, you need to have some things that are more important than nationalism."

The tweet garnered strong reactions from Netizens who replied to the tweet with memes and videos along with sharp comments.  

On Monday, Indian Government banned around 59 Chinese apps in India including TikTok, UC Browser, Helo, Likee, CamScanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call - Xiaomi, Clash of Kings and also e-commerce platforms like Club Factory and Shein.

Talking about the move, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law, Electronics and Information Technology said, these apps were banned for the safety, security, defence, sovereignty & integrity of India and to protect data & privacy of people of India.

Replying to the Global Times editor-in-chief's tweet, senior journalist Barkha Dutt wrote, "We can question our government. Can you question yours? It's called a democracy. And that is what nationalism truly is. To raise uncomfortable questions, that I'd love to hear from you on trampling of tibetans, massacre of Uighurs and spreading of Corona via wet markets. Do it," wrote senior journalist Barkha Dutt.

IAS officer Sanjay Dixit replied to the tweet saying, "Thank you for confessing that you were denying access to Indian products in your market, and dumping your products, based on lack of freedom to labour, and labour exploitation, in India." 

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This move was followed by the Chinese Government restricting access to Indian newspapers and media websites in their country.  

According to reports released by the Indian News Society (INS), access through VPN (Virtual Private Network) has also been blocked in China. 

Following this development, Shailesh Gupta president of INS has requested the Indian Government to revoke collaborations with Chinese companies in Indian media companies immediately. He ha also urged the government to call off investments from Chinese companies. 
 

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