Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra (File photo | PTI)

While the world fights one of the biggest challenges of our times, i.e. the coronavirus pandemic, India has another matter to be gravel concerned about: Its standoff with China. Following continued aggression from the neighbour, the authorities and citizens have encouraged a ban on Chinese offerings here.

More recently, the Indian government announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps in the country, including TikTok. Following the ban, Anand Mahindra, Mahindra Group’s Chairman, came across an unsavoury tweet by Hu Xijin, editor in chief of a Chinese publication. And Mahindra’s response to said tweet has roused a round a virtual applause on the interwebs. 

Xijin, in his tweet, said, “Well, even if Chinese people want to boycott Indian products, they can’t really find many Indian goods. Indian friends, you need to have some things that are more important than nationalism.”

To which Anand Mahindra gave a befitting reply: “I suspect this comment might well be the most effective & motivating rallying cry that India Inc. has ever received. Thank you for the provocation. We will rise to the occasion…”

The Indian government banned 59 apps developed by Chinese companies, including Shein, TikTok, UC Browser, ShareIt, CamScanner, Clash of Kings, Club Factory, Mi Community, VMate, etc. The government said these apps are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state, and public order.

Ministry of Electronics and IT said the decision followed after it received complaints as well as reports about misuse of some apps for stealing and transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers located outside India. MEITY explained that the compilation of this data, its mining, and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, is a major concern.

Anand Mahindra has been very ‘vocal about local’, i.e. supportive of Indian companies and products, but it is not new for him. Mahindra has always advocated and encouraged indigenous manufacturing, i.e. Make in India.


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