‘Go chowmein, go’: Netizens react to Athawale’s call to ban Chinese food

Athwale received many responses on social media with many appealing to spare Chinese food items

Athawale's call to ban Chinese food in India was ridiculed on social media, with people making jokes after his statement. Image: Twitter

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale’s call for banning Chinese food after the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, was ridiculed on social media on Thursday (June 18) with many users pointing out that it was the Indians who prepare Chinese foods in the country.

Tensions between India and China escalated following a clash between the militaries of the two Asian neighbours on June 15 night, during which at least 20 Indian Army soldiers were martyred. However, the exact casualties on the Chinese side is yet to be known. It was the biggest confrontation between the two armies in over five decades.

Following the incident, the call for boycotting Chinese products has emerged from several sections of the society, including politicians. Earlier in the day, Indian intelligence agencies red-flagged 52 Chinese apps, including Zoom and TikTok, over data security concerns.

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Athawale, who had earlier come up with the ‘go corona, corona go’ slogan to ward off the viral pandemic, soon called for banning of Chinese food. “China is a deceitful country. India should boycott all Chinese goods. Chinese food and Chinese hotels should be closed in India!” the Union minister said in a tweet in Hindi.

However, it backfired! The minister received many responses on social media with many appealing to spare Chinese food items. Athawale’s call to ban Chinese food in India was ridiculed, triggering jokes over his statement.

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Many users pointed out that it was Indians who make Chinese food in the country, and boycotting them would be self-sabotaging. The Chinese food which people enjoyed In India, has little to do with the food eaten in China, the users pointed out.

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