India’s move to ban 59 Chinese applications from India’s online turf emerged to be a tit-for-tat retaliation after the Indian and Chinese militaries clashed on the grounds of Ladakh earlier this month.
The Narendra-Modi led Government banned 59 Chinese apps including the infamous TikTok, UC Browser, Helo, Likee, CamScanner, Vigo Video, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms like Club Factory and Shein, citing national security concerns, after the occurrence of the deadly escalation between Indian and China in decades, bringing over waves of different emotions and reactions pouring in from across India.
In a statement issued by the IT Ministry the ban was evoked due to complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”.
“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the statement added.
The ban on Chinese apps took a political swing when the Law, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed it to be a “digital strike”
The official stated, “We banned Chinese apps to protect data of countrymen; it was a digital strike.”
“India is for peace, but if somebody casts an evil eye we will give a befitting reply,” Ravi Shankar Prasad further added at a BJP rally in West Bengal on Thursday.
This month’s border brawl was the worst violence between the two nuclear-armed countries in more than 50 years. India blamed China for provoking the clash by intruding into territory it claims high in the Himalayan mountain range. China said the incident happened on its side of the border, and that Indian troops intruded.
For security and sovereignty of India, for countrymen's digital security and privacy we have banned 59 apps, including TikTok. India knows how to look in the eyes of those eyeing our borders and to protect countrymen, India can even do a digital strike: Union Minister RS Prasad pic.twitter.com/SobP31ifA9
— ANI (@ANI) July 2, 2020