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Amid ongoing friction between Beijing and New Delhi, many schools in Mumbai have asked students and parents to show their patriotism by boycotting education supplies made in China, according to media reports.

Through text messages, the Mumbai School Principals’ Association (MPA), which has sway over 1,600 schools, is trying to raise awareness of diplomatic issues among students.

The Hindustan Times reported that the MPA decided at a committee meeting to ask students and parents to voluntarily stop buying Chinese products such as water bottles, tiffin boxes, pencil boxes, sketch pens, measurement rulers, notepads and erasers.

The association said it will be printing a circular and sending it to all schools in the city.

MPA official Prashant Redij was quoted as saying, “There won’t be any ban on Chinese products. Rather, we will make an appeal to the parents and ask them to think about this issue. China is creating troubles for India. It continues to oppose India’s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

“At a time when the country is dealing with problems in Jammu and Kashmir, it has raked up the border issue in Sikkim to distract the country. The Chinese media is instigating people against the country. In such a situation, why should our money go to China? It is the schools which must instill patriotism among students.”

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