Chinese app ban brings Indian techies opportunity to develop new mobile apps, says IT Minister

The Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps in India three days ago. The list includes some of the most popular names such as TikTok, CamScanner, UCBrowser etc. Referring to the app ban, India’s Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that it has created an opportunity for Indian developers to build their own apps.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the surprise move after a violent face-off between India and China was a digital strike. India banning Chinese apps to protect data of countrymen was a digital strike on China. He said, “Now you can hear about only two ‘Cs’ – coronavirus and China. We believe in peace and solve problems through discussion, but if somebody casts an evil eye on India, we will give a befitting reply. If our 20 jawans have sacrificed their lives, then the toll is double on the Chinese side. You all must have noticed that they have not come out with any figure.”

Media has been naming this move as a digital airstrike by India. The country was among the important markets for widely popular TikTok, account 30% of global 2 billion downloads. TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance had plans to invest $1 billion in India. Rest of the 58 apps include WeChat, Helo, Likee, Cam Scanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call, Xiaomi, Clash of Kings and UCBrowser.

Union Minister for IT and Electronics, Ravi Shankar Prasad urges Indian technocrats to come forward and join the government’s Atman Nirbhar Bharat mission. He is calling developers to build Indian apps offering similar features like the Chinese apps that were banned.