Why an App Claiming to Delete All Chinese Smartphone Apps Has Been Downloaded Over a Million Times

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Why an App Claiming to Delete All Chinese Smartphone Apps Has Been Downloaded Over a Million Times

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Over the last couple of weeks, as the coronavirus kept large parts of the country under lockdown, reports of stand-offs between Indian troops and the Chinese PLA in Ladakh, have kept a large number of social media users hooked to their screens.

Despite the Indian Army officially denying that any incidents of violence had taken place along the LAC, there have been reports of escalation between troops in the Pangong lake area all through March.

On the other battleground that is Twitter, this has led to a number of unverified images and videos that show soldiers being assaulted and detained on either side of the border. The images are being shared by both Indian and Chinese users.

The reports have also revived a popular hashtag back home — one that supports the boycott of all Made-in-China products. This time, the hashtag found some famous takers.

The Ladakhi innovator who inspired Aamir Khan’s role in the film 3 Idiots, was the first to start the trend, when he released a video called “China Ko Jawaab” on YouTube. On Twitter, he urged Indians to make China pay “with our wallets”.

His clarion call was answered by actor Milind Soman, who announced on Twitter that he had deleted his Tik Tok account. Actors Arshad Warsi, and Ranvir Shorey also tweeted with the hashtag.

As did a BJP spokesperson, who said it was time to think about replacing Chinese products from our lives.

An app developed in Jaipur, meanwhile, that claims to help delete all Made in China apps from smartphones, has been downloaded over a million times.

In the last few weeks, Chinese aggression has been on the rise, as the Communist government has issued threats to both Hong Kong and Taiwan. It has also reportedly entered a Cold War-like situation with the United States, which Beijing State media has warned India against getting involved in.

“If in a new Cold War, India leans toward the US or becomes a US pawn attacking China, the economic and trade ties between the two Asian neighbors will suffer a devastating blow. And it would be too much for the Indian economy to take such a hit at the current stage,” the article in Global Times read.

According to latest reports, the Indian and Chinese military are now moving in heavy weaponry, including artillery and combat vehicles to bases in eastern Ladakh.

Scary stuff, even by 2020 standards.