India Vs China- The Digital Standoff

India-China: The Digital StandOff

India-China being neighbours have enriched Asia with their cultural aeons and now the shining beacons of economic growth have started to sink.

The move to ban Chinese apps has finally been executed in the country on 29th June (Monday) after the deadly border clash. The urge to avoid using Chinese products by the common people was already set after the standoff of both countries. The clash in the Himalayan region which took place this month has resulted in the loss of around 20 soldiers.

India’s First Step to Become Atma-Nirbhar

After the face-off between India-China, the Indian government decided to ban 59 Chinese Apps. The list of prohibited apps also includes the most popular app Tik-Tok. These apps were said to engage in activities which were against the sovereignty, integrity and defence of the nation. 

59 Chinese Apps Banned by GOI
Souce: Sirf News

Due to rise in threats, the ministry of electronics and IT stated to ban 59 apps invoking its function under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The detailed procedure and safeguards for blocking access to information by the public.

India-China standoff: Government of India bans following 59 Chinese Apps 

  1. Tik-Tok
  2. UC Browser 
  3. SHAREit
  4. Helo
  5. Likee
  6. Clash of Kings
  7. Baidu map
  8. Shein
  9. DU battery saver
  10. YouCam makeup
  11. Mi Community
  12. Virus Cleaner
  13. CM Browsers
  14. ROMWE
  15. Club Factory
  16. Newsdog
  17. Beauty Plus
  18. WeChat
  19. UC News
  20. Weibo
  21. Xender
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Bigo Live
  24. SelfieCity
  25. Mail Master
  26. Parallel Space
  27. Mi Video Call- Xiaomi
  28. QQ Newsfeed
  29. Wesync,ES File Explorer
  30. Viva Video-QU Video Inc
  31. Meitu
  32. Vigo video
  33. QQ Music
  34. New Video Status
  35. DU Cleaner
  36. DU Recorder
  37. Vault- Hide
  38. Cache Cleaner 
  39. QQ Launcher
  40. Hago Play with New Friends
  41. DU App studio
  42. DU Browser
  43. QQ Security Center
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master-Cheetah Mobile
  46. QQ Player
  47. Sweet Selfie
  48. Baidu Translate
  49. Vmate
  50. QQ International
  51. U Video
  52. V fly Status Video
  53. Mobile Legends
  54. DU Privacy
  55. Kwai
  56. APUS Browser
  57. WeMeet
  58. Weibo
  59. Photo Wonder

These apps posed severe threats to the user and nation as well.  This move by the Indian government was an apt step against China and a golden step towards Atma-Nirbhar Bharat or self- reliant India.

Tik Tok Parent Company Byte Dance is Losing More Than 7.5 Crore Per Day Due To Tik Tok in India.

In Few Days Many Chines Will Lose Their Jobs, Ban of 59 Apps will Cause Minimum Loss of 100 Crores per Day to China.

Indian Apps to Replace Tik-Tok and Other Major Apps

Among youngsters, Tik-Tok app was the most trendy since 2016. Even during this lock-down period, Tik-Tok was always in news for multiple reasons. Tik-Tok was a very way to spread online-hatred, internet-toxicity and often promoting acid-attacks or rape threats. 

The banning of this app has led its users disappointed. These young and fresh talents can now continue their video-shoots and dances in an Indian based app, ChingariIt is a short video-sharing app. This app has reached a positive response and has walked a milestone just in two weeks. Chingari pays its creator based on the popularity of the video. Every uploaded video receives some points which can later be redeemed for cash. 

Similar apps with the same features are ShareChat, Dubsmash, Funimate and more. These are the alternatives of the prohibited Chinese apps Tik-Tok, Kwai and Likee. Unlike entertainment, Indians were also dependent on some Chinese apps for official stuff. 

Apps like Cam Scanner were the most useful one for creating files, PDFs and other official works. But being prohibited, people have also got an alternative one i.e Document Scanner- PDF Creator, Microsoft office lens- PDF and Adobe Scan: PDF Scanner with OCR, PDF Creator. Now, people can switch on to these apps as per their taste. Sharing of long files and movies can be done by the app Shareall instead of Xender and Shareit. 

Why India Banned China Products?

India is not the first country to put a ban on Chinese apps citing security and privacy breach issues. Many other nations in America and Europe have already taken such steps long back. Recently amidst the corona crisis tension developed between India-China near Ladakh.

The Digital StandOff
The Digital StandOff between India & China

Since then the banning of Chinese products has been a common demand in circulation. Many popular faces like Sonam Wangchuk have come forward and explained the power of a wallet war. This policy from the government on banning 59 Chinese apps is very well received by the general public. 

Hence this also shall give a moral boost to homegrown IT firms that can develop similar applications which would be major progress towards self -reliant or as it is popularly known nowadays as “Atma-Nirbhar”.

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