Amidst growing tensions between India and China, a few Mumbai school principals have asked their school children to not use any Chinese-made stationery or other products made in China.
According to a report in The Times of India, The Mumbai Principals Association has appealed to its students and their parents to refrain from using Chinese-made colours, tiffin boxes, water bottles and other products for use in school.
"With the Chinese government using its military might against India, as citizens, we should ensure that we do not help the Chinese economy to grow," Prashant Redij, Secretary of the Association reportedly told DNA.
They believe this step would help boost the morale of the Indian soldiers at the border. "Students must be aware of the problems the country is facing," they said adding "It is the schools which must in still patriotism among students."
Clearing the doubts on "total boycott" of Chinese goods, the association reportedly said it was only an appeal to parents and not a complete ban on Chinese products.
The association that governs over 1600-1700 schools of the city said it is not a political stunt and that it is just a way to teach patriotism.
However various academicians did not agree to the approach adopted by the association. "If you just tell students to stop using Chinese goods, they may not understand the problem. Teachers must talk about the global problem in the classroom and inform students about current affairs so that they have their facts right," Vilas Parab, a teacher at Mumbai's Balmohan Vidyamandir told The Times of India.
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