Indo China digital war

Indo-China war: Breakdown of digital economy

“Eyeing our lands earns a befitting reply

We are not yet over with the deadly coronavirus pandemic which has caused a huge number of deaths around the globe and here India has started to face another conundrum.

On 15th of June, we heard that 20 of our jawaans were martyred in a face off with the chinese soldiers who were trying to capture a part of the Galwan Valley which lies between Ladakh in the west and Aksai Chin in the east.

This clash was evident of the fact that China is trying to take away the entire Galwan Valley from under India’s control. Things went out of control during this vicious face off when People’s Liberation Army(PLA) used fatal weapons like wooden logs studded with nails, rocks wrapped with barbed wire etc. This was the biggest face off in the last 5 decades. How is the Government of Indian going to retaliate? It came under light later that India has decided to ban all the Chinese app and this also considered as an political move amid the two sided tensions.

“After the ban, what next for India’s digital ecosystem”

The matter hasn’t settled down yet and it does not seem to settle down easily in the near future. But India has taken another step to ban the Chinese apps as it has come to a conclusion that all these apps are detriment to integrity and sovereignty of India. This step was taken in order to safeguard the interest of crores of Indian mobile users.

Among the banned apps, the most popular one was TIK TOK. India is Tik Tok’s biggest foreign market with around 120 million active users and for most of them it was the only source of income. Tik Tok was a platform for all age groups, from a police constable to a housewife , who could showcase their talent through dance, music, acting, mimicry etc. It turned ordinary people into social media stars. This will evidently create whole lot of unemployment.

Tik Tok was taken down on 30th of June, Tuesday and the ban was announced by the Union Government and it was also known that the other 58 apps are a threat to national security too. The cyber cell is working to take down the other apps as well.

It is the first time that India has used a direct move to retaliate to military activities through digital sphere.

“Imposing costs on china”

China will not be allowed to intervene in India’s micro, small and medium enterprises sectors. Imports from China will be discouraged. Some steps like putting high barriers of tariff, encouraging the use of domestic product, meticulous examining of foreign goods for imports from other countries will be taken.

Calls to boycott the Chinese goods came soon after the vicious clash on 15th of June.

LIST OF CHINESE APPS BANNED:

1. TikTok

2. Shareit

3. Kwai

4. UC Browser

5. Baidu map

6. Shein

7. Clash of kings

8. DU battery saver

9. Helo

10. Likee

11. YouCam makeup

12. Mi Community

13. CM browsers

14. Virus Cleaner

15. APUS browser

16. ROMWE

17. Club Factory

18. Newsdog

19. Beauty Plus

20. WeChat

21. UC News

22. QQ Mail

23. Weibo

24. Xender

25. QQ Music

26. QQ Newsfeed

27. Bigo Live

28. SelfieCity

29. Mail Master

30. Parallel Space

31. Mi Video Call — Xiaomi

32. WeSync

33. ES File Explorer

34. Viva Video — QU Video Inc

35. Meitu

36. Vigo Video

37. New Video Status

38. DU Recorder

39. Vault-Hide

40. Cashe Cleaner DU App studio

41. DU Cleaner

42. DU Browser

43. Hago Play With Friends

44. Cam Scanner

45. Clean Master — Cheetah Mobile

46. Wonder Camera

47. Photo Wonder

48. QQ Player

49. We Meet

50. Sweet Selfie

51. Baidu Translate

52. Vmate

53. QQ International

54. QQ Security Center

55. QQ Launcher

56. U Video

57. V fly Status Video

58. Mobile Legends

59. DU Privacy

ALTERNATIVES OF CHINESE APPS :

1. Triller/Reels (Alternative of TikTok/Likee/Kwai/Vigo/VMate)

2. Google Chrome (Alternative of UC Browser, APUS Browser, DU Browser and CM Browser)

3. ShareChat (Alternative of Helo)

4. Files by Google (Alternative of Shareit , Xender)

5. Adobe Scan (Alternative of CamScanner)

6. Proton VPN (Alternative of TurboVPN)

7. Norton App Lock (Alternative of AppLock and DU Privacy)

8. WhatsApp (Alternative of WeChat)

9. Kine Master (Alternative of VivaVideo)

10. Candy Camera (Alternative of Beauty Plus)

11. KeepSafe (Alternative of Vault-Hide)

12. Google News (Alternative of UC News and NewsDog)

13. Avast Antivirus (Alternative of Virus Cleaner)

14. Greenify (Alternative of DU Battery Saver)

15. Myntra (Alternative of ROMWE, ClubFactory, SHEIN)

16. Microsoft Office (Alternative of WPS Office)

17. Screen Recorder No Ads (Alternative of DU Recorder)

18. Clone App (Alternative of Parallel Space)

19. SD Maid (Alternative of Clean Master & DU Cleaner)

20. Solid Explorer (Alternative of ES File Explorer)

21. Microsoft Outlook (Alternative of Mail Master)

22. Google Duo (Alternative of Mi Video Call)

23. Hola (Alternative of WeMeet)

Although we have been using these apps since forever now, but boycotting them and accepting Indian products would be a little step in the favour of our nation. Undoubtedly China is a powerful country but we can do out bit in order to support out country by boycotting Chinese products and choosing domestic products.

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Originally published at https://www.harshitasolanki.com on July 3, 2020.

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Harshita Solanki

This blog is about poetry, social issues, empowerment and education.