RSS body expresses “deep concern” over China’s telecom inroads in India
Swadesh Jagaran Manch’s posturing against Chinese comapnies is not new. It had called for a ban on Chinese goods and companies in March this year after Beijing blocked the blacklisting of Pakistan-based Maulana Masood Azhar, founder of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, at the UN Security Council.
Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the economic think tank of the ‘RSS parivar’, which provides the intellectual underpinning for the ruling BJP, has expressed its deep concern over China's increasing control over India's telecommunications networks. The body feels that the increasing presence of Chinese companies in India exposes the country to cyber-attacks.
“Cyber-attacks are a part of China's Information Warfare strategy. Chinese companies have won key tenders in our country because of massive under-bidding supported by the Chinese state. This is killing the Indian telecom and cybersecurity industry,” Swadeshi Jagaran Manch convener Ashwini Mahajan told Asiaville.
The domestic telecom industry is already reeling under the effects of international free trade agreements, it argues. A Parliamentary Standing Committee has detailed how Chinese imports have already destroyed small-scale industry, and the Swadeshi Jagran Manch will not stand idly by as another high-value swadeshi industry is threatened, he added.
The RSS body, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has said that “action is required to ensure that Indian industry gets fair treatment in its own country.”
The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch feels that the country is staring at the prospect of rapid de-industrialisation and massive loss of high-tech jobs if a decision is not taken quickly.
“One high tech job has a multiplier effect and creates jobs down the supply chain. India must adopt a policy which encourages its own industry, creates a robust domestic high tech ecosystem and ensures national security,” the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch convener said.
The RSS body wants India's telecom network to be fully indigenised and reserved for domestic companies on security grounds. The rightwing organisation has been pushing the line that if India adopts 5G, it should be totally indigenous and the cloud component of the 5G core must be located in India. It also wants telecom declared a critical and strategic infrastructure vital to India's security in order to delist it from the WTO’s import rules.
Swadesh Jagaran Manch’s stance against Chinese trade is not new. It had called for a ban on Chinese goods and companies in March this year after China blocked the blacklisting of Pakistan-based Maulana Masood Azhar, founder of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, at the UN Security Council.
In 2016, the organisation had called for a boycott of Chinese goods during Diwali. India has a trade deficit of over $53 billion with China.