The Indian government’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps has been termed by the Indian media as a “strong message” amid the ongoing tension over the border between the two countries.
However, there is no mention of border dispute anywhere in the statement of the Government of India. The statement said that these apps are ‘harmful’ to the sovereignty and defense of the country and they were also being ‘threatened’ with regard to data security and privacy.
The ban has been imposed after violent skirmishes on the disputed border in the Galvan Valley on 15 June. In this skirmish, 20 Indian soldiers have been killed, while China has not made any official comment on its damage.
Ever since the news of the death of soldiers, many right-wing groups and social media users in India were demanding boycott of things made in China.
Chinese products, especially smartphones are very popular in India.
According to Indian media, the appeal of boycott of Chinese goods is ‘impractical’.
A Chinese nationalist government newspaper, which has often blamed India for the border dispute, has said that this step of the Indian government is part of the wave of ‘ultra-nationalism’.
Indian media said – ‘Digital surgical strike’ is this ban
Among the 59 apps banned by the Government of India, TicketLock is also the most popular in India. According to local media it has 100 million active users.
Many people have gained fame through this, while some have also promoted their business.
Hashtags like “ChineseAppsBlocked” and #RIPTiktok are trending on India’s Twitter.
Commenting on the ban, Ticketcock India said that it was ‘following Indian laws regarding data privacy and security’. Tittock India said that it has not shared any information about Indian users with “any foreign government or Chinese government.”
Experts feel that this step of India is in some way a ‘signal’ for big Chinese companies with big business interest in India.
According to an article in India’s leading English newspaper ‘The Indian Express’, the ban was both ‘showing glimpses of its intentions and giving a strong message’ from India.
It says, “India should not be so hurt because alternative apps are available but the Indian app market is very important for China.”
Interestingly, Indian government officials met Flipkart owned by Amazon and Walmart last week and asked them to tag the country where they are made on the products sold here. Financial Times quoted sources as saying that some companies have reportedly agreed to it.
This meeting is being seen as an important step for identification of Chinese products as the government wants to promote the idea of a ‘self-reliant’ economy.
Some Indian TV channels went a step further and started calling this ban a ‘digital surgical strike’ on China.
Urban Goswami, the popular TV news host and editor-in-chief of the Nationalist Republic TV channel, was among them. He described this ban as ‘unmatched step’.
He said, “They don’t know how hurt they are. Now the Chinese will know that when we want to do something, we will take steps on our own will.”
Another prominent TV news anchor, Rahul Kanwal of India Today, said, “I strongly support the idea of banning 59 Chinese mobile apps. Most of them were stealing data from Indian citizens. China is looking at international companies’ apps It does not allow itself to run here. Economic cooperation cannot be one-sided. It is an injury to China’s pain. ”
Chinese media said – India’s only harm
China’s official media, such as the Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily and China Central Television, have not responded to the ban. They usually follow the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s attitude regarding border tension.
However, the government newspaper Global Times has again blamed India for the border tension and said that the ban on apps is part of the wave of “ultra-nationalism”.
This English newspaper wrote, “This step taken suddenly came after increasing tension between the two countries due to Indian troops crossing the border and starting illegal activities with China and attacking Chinese soldiers. Since then India But ultra-nationalism has come to dominate. ”
News and commentary website Guancha.cn has said that India will do its own harm by ‘deliberately provoking’ the boycott of Chinese products in the Galvan Valley.
The Chinese-language website of the Global Times has tried to show how the Indian media is worried about Indian jobs being lost due to this ban. It says how Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit used TicTalk to keep in touch with their fans and promote their films.
It has also been said in the newspaper that the campaign to boycott was already affecting the Chinese companies working in India. In this, it has been written that the cell of the company has been ‘greatly affected’ due to the Corona epidemic and the boycott campaign, without mentioning the name of an employee of a Chinese mobile company in India.
Raging Chinese Users
Chinese microblogging website Weibo – which has been banned in India – had more than 22 million views and 9,700 comments on ‘India bans 59 Chinese apps’ as of 30 June afternoon.
Many users criticized the ban and appealed for boycott of Indian goods and apps. However, he was also saying that he could not find any Indian product or app to do so.
One user wrote, “Only the weak can get off on boycotting. We do not need to boycott India because we do not use Made in India products.”
However, some users have written that Indian virtual proxy networks (VPNs) can use these apps, such as Chinese Internet users, through VPNs, by crossing the ‘Great Wall of Restrictions’ imposed by the country, Facebook, Twitter and others Use of restricted websites.
Weibo users also made many angry comments against the ban on the verified Weibo account of the Indian Embassy.
A user wrote there, “Haven’t you said that you are also banning China’s Weibo? Hurry, immediately close your account.”