It is digital 'Aatma Nirbhar' moment: Indian app makers

New Delhi, Jun 29 (IANS): After the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps over national security concerns, desi app developers on Monday hailed the move, saying this will help the Indian app ecosystem prosper.

The Indian government banned popular Chinese apps like TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser and Xiaomi's Mi Community and more to safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile users.

"This is a welcome move from the government against platforms that have had serious privacy, cyber security and national security risks. We expect the government to continue their support for the Indian startup ecosystem," Berges Malu, Director, Public Policy, ShareChat, told IANS.

ShareChat is an Indian video creation app similar to short-video making app Tiktok. The app allows users to communicate and interact with other users on the platform.

ShareChat currently serves more than 60 million monthly active users in 15 different Indian languages. Most of its active users hail from tier-2 and tier-3 cities (like TikTok), with the majority of them relying on 2G networks.

Naveen Tewari, Founder and CEO, InMobi Group said that this is the digital 'Aatma Nirbhar' moment that most Indians have been rooting for.

"As the number one top video app on the Google Play Store, Roposo is very well positioned to lead this movement. Roposo will continue to build on the trust and love that 55 million Indian users have placed in us," said Tewari.

The government banned the Chinese apps after it received 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.

"Banning Chinese apps is a great initiative to ensure privacy of the Indian users' data and to protect the country against the potential threat these apps pose to our national security," said Piyush, CEO & Founder, Rooter.

"The Indian technology ecosystem has come a long way in the last 5-6 years and is at par with the capabilities of any other startup ecosystem in the world," he added.

Other Chinese apps in the banned list are Club Factory, SHAREit, Likee, Mi Video Call (Xiaomi), Weibo, Baidu, Bigo Live and more.


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  • AM, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Indian Business men are greedy. Once their product got recognition in Global market suddenly they look for a international partner and allow partnership. In that case they lose the decision making ability in their own company.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Some of the Chinese businesses owning popular apps might shift base to US.

    Whatsapp developers were Israel based. But they knew that over 50 countries block Israeli products. As soon as they some early success, they moved base to US (before selling to Facebook). Because Whatsapp was based in US, no countries would block it.

    So, by blocking the Chinese apps, India may have given some idea to the Chinese app developers. US will certainly welcome them. So, any joy among the Indian app developers may be short-lived.

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  • Stephen D'Mello, moodbidri

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Hope, our govt's such decision won't back fire !

    Already our economy is suffering & we can not afford further damage !!!

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Extreme misery confined to in-congenital incompetent handicap is this result.

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  • smr, Karkala

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    Any start up company calls itself 'Aatma Nirbhar' moment having Chinese investment is nothing buy bullying the Indians sentiments.

    For 'Sharechat', the funding was led by existing backer Shunwei Capital along with new investors Morningside Ventures of China and Jesmond Holdings, an affiliate of Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s DST Global. Other existing backers including smartphone maker Xiaomi and venture capital firms SAIF Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners also invested a significant amount.

    Based in Gurgaon, Roposo has raised a $10 million Series C from returning investors Tiger Global owned by US and Bertelsmann Germany.

    Any company which is not 100% owned by India, created by Indians ,developed and employed only by Indians cannot be called as Indian.

    This is nothing but traitor of the nation.

    Jai Hind

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Just staying in India, with heart inclined towards Pakistan, supporting terrorists, opposing Indian government on every move, creating communal divide inside India.....does this make one Indian?

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  • smr, Karkala

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Shankar, Mangaluru
    Sir, According to the law of land, calling any Indian by birth who respect Indian constitution, national anthem and tri-color can land you criminal case.
    If you don't understand the subject better read twice.

    I retreat my stand that any company which is not set up Indian, 100% employed by Indians and developed and design indigenous by Indians are not called Indian.

    The foreign company invest in India, on Indian soil, using Indian manpower and skill pay peanut to his employees and take maximum profit share is not considered 'Indian'.

    Jai Hind

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    First let us return back all the money we got from China for PM Care Fund ...

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Chiddu agreed to give 20 lakh back, but will he ask land back from china?????

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