Let us see the latest example of western corruption. 30 to 100 percent horse meat has been found in beef products of many top brands in 16 European countries. In mid-January, Irish food inspectors announced that they had found horsemeat in some burgers stocked by UK supermarket chains. But it was hushed up. Then in mid February 2013, up to 100% horsemeat was found in several ranges of prepared frozen food in Britain, France and Sweden. If Europeans can feed white skinned people with horse meat instead of beef, you can rest be assured that they can feed brown skinned Indians and black skinned Africans with meat from dead animals.
Even earlier it was reported that Western fast food chains have used animal fats for cooking vegetarian dishes. We do not have a proper system of testing cosmetics and other products that we import. Our regulators and inspectors are also well renowned to look the other way for monetary considerations. How can you say western products are better than Indian products? I use Indian products and always will.
Finally, “Be India, Buy India” is not a slogan of an old fashioned nationalists. It is essential for India to remain an economically independent nation. Every time we buy a foreign product, eat foreign food stuff like apples and almonds, food products tinned fish or ham or sausages or drink Scotch whiskey or foreign wine, whether made in China or the West, India has to pay for it in dollars which India does not earn.
India has a trade deficit of US$124 billion and growing. Of this about US$40 billion is our deficit with China. If this continues, our rupee will be further devalued. Today, the US dollar is fluctuating between rupees 53 and 54. It was Rs 38 to the US $ in 2004. In eight years, it has devalued about 40 percent. At the present rate of devaluation, rupee could depreciate to Rs 100 to a UD$ by 2020. That would mean rationing of petroleum products as crude oil will cost that much more in rupee terms. India may not have enough dollars to import our requirement of crude oil.
Buying foreign goods creates jobs in foreign countries and job losses at home. The US and Europe have been happily shifting manufacturing industries to Asia and buying goods produced in China and other developing countries. The unemployment rates in the US and Europe has been steadily rising. In some countries like Spain and Greece, it has crossed 25 percent. Poverty and hunger are rising in the developed world. The number of homeless is rising. Highly paid jobs in the manufacturing sector are going to China and the Asian Tigers. Only low paid jobs in the service sector like waiters, sales persons, etc are being generated. Are we going to learn from the plight of the people in the US or Europe or are we going to continue our profligate ways.
Be Indian; Buy Indian; not because some old fashioned nationalist tells you to. Be Indian; Buy Indian to secure the future of your country and the future of your children.