This comes amid tensions between India and China and the following ban of 59 Chinese apps by the Narendra Modi-led Central Government on Monday including TikTok, UC Browser, Helo, Likee, CamScanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms like Club Factory and Shein.
Law, Electronics and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the apps were banned for the safety, security, defence, sovereignty & integrity of India and to protect data & privacy of people of India.
Twitter users slammed the Global Times Editor-in-Chief. “We can question our government. Can you question yours? It’s called a democracy. And that is what nationalism truly is. To raise uncomfortable questions, that I’d love to hear from you on trampling of tibetans, massacre of Uighurs and spreading of Corona via wet markets. Do it,” wrote senior journalist Barkha Dutt.
“Thank you for confessing that you were denying access to Indian products in your market, and dumping your products, based on lack of freedom to labour, and labour exploitation, in India,” wrote IAS Sanjay Dixit.