A Step Towards Self- Dependence

A Step Towards Self- Dependence On 29th June 2020, the Government of India, in a brave move, banned 59 Chinese phone applications to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s sovereignty and security. The prominent apps have been blocked amid rising tensions
between India and China following clashes at the border two weeks ago.
A top official said the government had considered all aspects before making the
decision. “These apps have been there for a long time, and there are some privacy and security issues with them including risks of data going out of the country,” said the person.
The statement from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) said it had received complaints from various sources, including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers outside India.
“The compilation of the 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,” it said. “There have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our
country.”
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, part of the Ministry of Home Affairs, has sent an “exhaustive recommendation for blocking the malicious apps,” the press release said.
The Internet Freedom Foundation said, “This is not a legal order issued under Section 69A. Our first task is transparency and disclosure.” The activist group tweeted such cases needed to be considered individually and not in the aggregate.
“There is legitimacy in concerns of data security and citizens’ privacy,” it said. “This may
be achieved through regulatory processes that emerge from objective, evidence-based measures. This ensures credible action that protects individual liberty, innovation & security interests.” Spokespeople for ByteDance, the owners of TikTok and Helo, and Alibaba, which owns UC Browser said they could not comment immediately.
While this move of the Indian Government is being appreciated by one and all but at the same time, people have questions regarding the non- Chinese or Indian alternatives of all the apps banned. So, here’s the complete list of the apps banned as well as the alternative apps available in the market:
1. TikTok– Dubsmash, Funimate, Chingari
2. Shareit- Send Anywhere, Superbeam, Google Files Go, ShareAll
3. Kwai- Dubsmash, Funimate, Chingari
4. UC Browser- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Bharat Browser
5. Baidu map- Google Maps,
6. Shein- Forever21, Amazon, ASOS, H&M, Myntra, Limeroad, Ajio, Jabong
7. Clash of Kings- Ludo King
8. DU battery saver- NA
9. Helo- Dubsmash, Funimate, Chingari
10. Likee- Dubsmash, Funimate, Chingari
11. YouCam makeup- Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera, Instagram,
12. Mi Community- Reddit
13. CM Browsers- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Bharat Browser
14. Virus Cleaner- NA
15. APUS Browser- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Bharat Browser
16. ROMWE- Forever21, Amazon, ASOS, H&M, Myntra, Limeroad, Ajio, Jabong
17. Club Factory- Forever21, Amazon, ASOS, H&M, Myntra, Limeroad, Ajio, Jabong
18. News dog- Inshorts, Flipboard, Google News
19. Beauty Plus- Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera, Instagram
20. WeChat- WhatsApp, Telegram, Hike,
21. UC News- Inshorts, Flipboard, Google News
22. QQ Mail- Outlook
23. Weibo- Reddit, Twitter
24. Xender- Send Anywhere, Superbeam, Google Files Go, ShareAll
25. QQ Music- VLC, MX Player
26. QQ Newsfeed- Inshorts, Flipboard, Google News
27. Bigo Live- Instagram, IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
28. SelfieCity- Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera, Instagram
29. Mail Master- Outlook
30. Parallel Space- Dual Apps, Multiple App Cloner
31. Mi Video Call (Xiaomi)- Google DUo
32. WeSync- Send Anywhere, Superbeam, Google Files Go, ShareAll
33. ES File Explorer- Send Anywhere, Superbeam, Google Files Go, ShareAll
34. Viva Video (QU Video Inc)- Dubsmash, Funimate, Chingari
35. Meitu- Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera, Instagram
36. Vigo Video- Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera, Instagram
37. New Video Status- Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera, Instagram
38. DU Recorder- AZ Screen Recorder
39. Vault (Hide)- Send Anywhere, Superbeam, Google Files Go, ShareAll
40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio- NA
41. DU Cleaner- NA
42. DU Browser- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Bharat Browser
43. Hago Play With New Friends- Ludo King
44. Cam Scanner- Microsoft Office Lens, Adobe Scan
45. Clean Master (Cheetah Mobile)- NA
46. Wonder Camera- Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera, Instagram
47. Photo Wonder- Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera, Instagram
48. QQ Player- VLC, MX Player
49. We Meet- Tinder
50. Sweet Selfie- Snapchat, G Cam, Open Camera, Instagram
51. Baidu Translate- Google Translate
52. Vmate- Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
53. QQ International- Whatsapp, Telegram, Hike
54. QQ Security Center- NA
55. QQ Launcher- Microsoft Launcher
56. U Video- Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
57. V fly Status Video- Instagram IGTV, YouTube, Snapchat
58. Mobile Legends- Ludo King
59. DU Privacy- NA
While, the banning of these apps will mean that the Indian apps will have more
audience than before but there are still many apps which don’t have their Indian
version in the market yet. But, let’s hope than soon the country will be “atmanirbhar
(self- dependent)” as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been requesting the citizens
to become. Also, this will open new employment opportunities for the people of the
country as more people will choose the Indian apps and would go vocal for local.

  A Step Towards Self- Dependence Lipakshi Seedhar (Staff Reporter)

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