By Arré Bench Aug. 03, 2020
While many in the government and media lecture the average person to boycott Chinese products, the Indian Premier League which will be held in UAE in September will continue with sponsors linked to China. Vivo is the title sponsor for the IPL while Paytm, which holds investments from Alibaba, is an umpire partner.
In the aftermath of the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley, there was a loud cry to boycott Chinese products. And by loud, I mean both literally and metaphorically. While some people threw their China-made television sets out of the balcony, others boasted about a certain “suddenness” of the move to ban certain apps originating from China. In the days to come, the government cancelled some contracts that were earlier given to Chinese companies and people now get shamed if they want to buy something that is “Made in China”.
While many in government and media lecture the average person to boycott Chinese products, the Indian Premier League which will be held in UAE in September will continue with sponsors linked to China. The decision was taken by the tournament’s governing council during a video-conference on Sunday, and is subject to approval from the government.
#ExpressFrontPage | The BCCI had said that it would reconsider the sponsorships in the wake of border tensions with China, which led to 20 Indian soldiers being killed in a clash on June 15.https://t.co/RDjx6xktHM
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) August 3, 2020
Vivo is the title sponsor for the IPL while Paytm, which holds investments from Alibaba, is an umpire partner. The list of sponsors also include Dream 11 and Swiggy, both of whom have links to Chinese Internet giant Tencent. The company has also been in the news lately with rumours floating around that a ban of the popular game PUBG Mobile is around the corner. PUBG is developed by Tencent Games.
Earlier, the BCCI had said that it would reconsider the sponsorship after border tensions with China. However, a governing council member recently told The Indian Express “We don’t have the time to make any changes at this moment.”
The IPL governing council on Sunday decided not to cut off its links with Chinese companies which are the tournament's major sponsors.@IPL @Vivo_India @Dream11 @PUBG @BCCI #IPL #IPL2020 @Paytm #Vivo #Dream11 #PUBG #BCCI #Paytm #Cricket https://t.co/R9Zk7uK8Te
— Outlook Magazine (@Outlookindia) August 2, 2020
The decision drew strong criticism on social media. Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah stated that he felt bad for the “idiots” who threw their Chinese-made TVs off their balconies only to see this happen. He also pointed out that we seemed confused about how to handle Chinese money, investment, sponsorship, and advertising.
Chinese cellphone makers will continue as title sponsors of the IPL while people are told to boycott Chinese products. It’s no wonder China is thumbing it’s nose at us when we are so confused about how to handle Chinese money/investment/sponsorship/advertising.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 2, 2020
Congress member Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the government of double standards.
Wither #AatmaNirbharBharatAbhiyan .
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 2, 2020
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an affiliate of the RSS, that was at the forefront of the campaign to Boycott Chinese goods, has demanded the BCCI to reconsider its decision to allow Vivo to continue as the major sponsor of the IPL.
Ashwani Mahajan, the national co-convener of the SJM said “The call for boycott of Chinese goods is no longer just a demand from the SJM, it is a call being supported by ordinary citizens in the wake of what transpired between India and China. The whole world is boycotting China, IPL is sheltering them. They should understand that nothing is above the nation, not even cricket.”
RSS affiliate wants BCCI to reconsider Chinese sponsorship for #IPL
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) August 3, 2020
Cricket fans have also been furious with the decision, with #BoycottIPL trending on Twitter.
— Archisman Das (@archi_sman) August 2, 2020
“Indian Premier League (IPL) is a business & those running this biz are insensitive towards the nation and its security concerns. Whole world is boycotting China, IPL is sheltering them,” said columnist Ashwani Mahajan.
Indian Premier League (IPL) is a business & those running this biz are insensitive towards the nation and it’s security concerns. Whole world is boycotting China, IPL is sheltering them. They should understand that nothing is above nation, not even cricket. Ppl may #BoycottIPL https://t.co/6nyjJ1nCSE
— ASHWANI MAHAJAN (@ashwani_mahajan) August 2, 2020
“Everyone is doing their part, why can’t they?”
— 💯Rab (@bhartiyachad) August 2, 2020
The IPL will be held in the United Arab Emirates from September 19 to November 10.