India’s campaign to Ban China has taken a new leap as the Government banned another 118 Chinese apps owing to National Security. After the recent provocation in China, The Ministry of Electronics and IT released the order. PUBG, PUBG Mobile Lite, Baidu, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, APUS Launcher, Tencent Weiyun, VPN for TikTok, Mobile Taobao, Youko, Sina News, and CamCard were the commonly used apps that were listed as banned. In the month of June, India took it’s the first step to become amtanirbhar as the government banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and UC Browser. The government was widely supported by the People of India.
The details of the Government order were shared on the official website of the Press Information Bureau on 02 SEP 2020 5:26PM on behalf of the Ministry of Electronics & IT. The press release was titled “Government Blocks 118 Mobile Apps which are Prejudicial to Sovereignty and Integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order“. The apps are “banned under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology Rules 2009″.
Reports have suggested that there are nearly 33 million active PUBG players in India
After the order was passed, people took to Twitter to express their relief or distress. Where many have supported the Government suggesting that PUBG may have been their favorite game, but nothing is above the Nation and National Security, others have also expressed their dismay. Turns out, Tencent which owns PUBG also owns 13% of the new IPL sponsor Dream11 which amounts to an investment of $100 million, so many have raised questions about the Government’s stand regarding the same.
So, the tension on the border has also effected the digital world. But the issue at hand is not solved by banning Chinese apps, the Government needs to find a permanent solution to the problems on the border and also make sure that there are other efficient apps to replace the apps that have been banned.