by Tripti Nath in New Delhi
A leading media group survey here reported on Monday that 72 per cent Indians are confident of India defeating China in a war, while 90 per cent favour boycott of Chinese goods.
The survey found that 59 per cent wants India to go to war with China due to its “betrayal” in Galwan valley in mid-June and a galloping 84 percent said that China could not be trusted.
After the Galwan valley attack by Chinese that left 20 Indian soldiers killed fears of a war were high, but negotiations between the two countries pacified the cooled the situation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also toured the area.
The India Today Group, Karvy Insights survey titled “Mood of the Nation” for August attempted to gauge the mood of the Indians on burning issues related to India and China.
While 34 per cent respondents said that they were not in favour of war, seven per cent were not ready to give any opinion on the matter.
Asked if India could win a war with China, 72 per cent voiced the confidence in India’s ability to defeat China, while only nine per cent took the opposite stand.
A total of 12,021 respondents participated in the survey.
It reported that while 90 per cent of people it spoke to were in favour of boycott of Chinese goods, only seven per cent were against boycott and three per cent were unsure. At the same time, 67 per cent respondents are ready to pay more for indigenous goods but thirty per cent refused to shell out more money.
The survey conducted by Karvy Insights Limited, addressed critical questions pertaining to consumer consumption pattern to 67 per cent rural and 33 per cent urban respondents in 19 States of India between July 15 and July 27.
Dismissing the findings of the survey, a Chinese scholar said in India it is politically correct to say something against China. “This kind of nationalism hurts the country and its citizens suffer. I don’t think, this is the real situation.’’
The survey covered all geographical corners of India and represents sentiments of consumers from north to south and west to east. The States covered in the survey are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The survey covered 52 per cent men and 48 per cent women and included farmers, employed and unemployed people, traders and students.