Ban of 59 mobile applications in India

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Ban of 59 mobile applications: its implications & effect on related business:-
       The scheming claims of all business on 29th June 2020 centered about the block of 59 applications which were said to be in activities which were prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state, and public order. The list included popular mobile applications like Tik Tok, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, We Chat, and the most popular Cam Scanner.
      Let us narrate the names of the apps which attracted the national attention, learnt to be covering nearly 200 million users – a mind boggling figure.
“Tik Tok, Club Factory, Newsdog, Bautry Plus, We Chat, UC News, QQ Mail, Weibo, Xender, QQ Music, QQ Newsfeed, Bigo Live, Selfie City, Mail Master, Parallel Space, Shareit, Kwai, U C Browser, Baidu Map, Shein, Clash of Kings, DU Battery saver, Helo, Likee, You Cam Makeup, Mi Community, CM Browers, Virus Cleaner, APUS Browser, ROMWE, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, WeSync, ES File Explorer, Viva Video – QU Video Inc, Meitu, Vigo Video, New Video Status, DU Recorder, Vault- Hide, Cache Cleaner DU App studio, DU Cleaner, DU Browser, Hago Play With New Friends, Cam Scanner, Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, Wonder Camera, Photo Wonder, QQ Player, We Meet, Sweet Selfie, Baidu Translate, Vmate, QQ International, QQ Security Center, QQ Launcher, U Video, V fly Status Video, Mobile Legends, DU Privacy.”

Views on the above developments:- 

     As a sovereign democratic nation with nearly 130 crores of the population who elect their own representatives to rule their country which is by and large rules-based and one of the most heterogeneous societies one can ever imagine, whatever action initiated by the Government of India has been welcomed by its people. Being the young capital of the world, the loss of nearly 120 million or more viewers from India for any industrial nation like China, is an immeasurable loss, and the vacuum created may take some time to be filled in.
    Let us discuss its economic implications, social effects and above all its mindful shocks to the younger generations which made them a world force to reckon with. The following item from Indian Express dated July 1, 2020, is worthy of consideration:
“Over 2015-19, Chinese investors including Alibaba, Tencent, TR Capital, and Hillhouse Capital, have invested over $5.5 billion in Indian start-ups, according to Venture Intelligence that tracks private equity, venture capital, M&A transactions, and valuations, in India.”
For an Economist, the above news item would be worthy of consideration and he/she may have their opinion on the huge economic loss of capital, labor of thousands of artists, domain experts, engineering graduates who gained immensely by use of the latest technologies introduced by the Chinese companies and the creativity unleashed by the combined power of millions of multi-racial population.
    For an Professional like myself, due to judicial requirements that vary from state to state in India, Cam Scanner occupies a space that can’t be replaced by any other app immediately. For India which still lingers on with the legacy left by British, these new apps opened up new areas of usage, some times that were unimaginable before their arrival.

Let us understand its simplicity in an application for the ban imposed on 59 apps.

·      The power can be exercised through any computer resource with the reasoning that Central government or any of its officers specially authorized to act on its behalf, also with the clear satisfaction to take appropriate steps feel the necessity to take action.
·          Can an action be taken as is done in a Communist or autocratic nation with virtual disregard for its rules and regulations? The act clearly explains that action taken has to be in writing, by order, with reasons to be recorded again in writing, and block any information generated, transmitted, received, stored or hosted in any computer resource.
·            The procedure to be adopted is to be described in writing and duly followed.
·         Next, the valid question arises in our minds. What would happen if in spite of assessing the damage to the nation and deciding to take action, nothing happens?
     The intermediary who fails to comply with the direction issued under sub-section (1) shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and also be liable to fine. Let us presume, agencies like Google or Apple or anyone who is capable of allowing the downloading of the apps would face the punishment if no action is taken.

Conclusion:-

    In history, situations like the banning of popular apps, who are themselves innovations of the most modern generations to meet unlimited ambitions of modern civilization, do happen. As explained earlier, nearly $10 billion dollars were invested to develop the Indian market with the clear goal of matching up to the world’s standards in the internet or mobile applications. So far, U.S.A. took the lead and others just obeyed its directions. But the youngest generations of India/China or any Asian nation can shake the whole world with modern technology. Like any Asian, I only wish that these developments do not reach the hands of dictators, subject themselves to modern laws but do benefit the modern generations of human civilization who may lead us from darkness to enlightenment.

Appendix:-

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beutry Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  1. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  2. WeSync
  3. ES File Explorer
  4. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  5. Meitu
  6. Vigo Video
  7. New Video Status
  8. DU Recorder
  9. Vault- Hide
  10. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  11. DU Cleaner
  12. DU Browser
  13. Hago Play With New Friends
  14. Cam Scanner
  15. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  16. Wonder Camera
  17. Photo Wonder
  18. QQ Player
  19. We Meet
  20. Sweet Selfie
  21. Baidu Translate
  22. Vmate
  23. QQ International
  24. QQ Security Center
  25. QQ Launcher
  26. U Video
  27. V fly Status Video
  28. Mobile Legends
  29. DU Privacy

Disclaimer:- The above views or opinions are collected from interviews given by some experts. This may or may not resonate with each and every person who read this. 
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