Indian tech startups on Tuesday lauded the government of India’s decision to ban as many as 59 Chinese apps, including popular ones such as TikTok, Helo, and WeChat, saying the move will help boost the Indian digital ecosystem, and make the country more ‘aatmanirbhar’, or self-sufficient, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest call-to-action.

The decision to ban the apps was prompted by recent border skirmishes between the two countries, and, more importantly, after several complaints and reports that the apps had been stealing user data and surreptitiously sending it to servers outside India.

The ban could result in a loss of millions of dollars for the Chinese companies, various unnamed sources told media publications in India. But their loss is India’s gain, say homegrown tech startups that view this as an opportunity to gain traction and emerge as better alternatives to these popular Chinese apps.

“This is the digital aatmanirbhar moment that most Indians have been rooting for,” says Naveen Tewari, Founder and CEO, of InMobi Group which owns Glance, a fast-growing mobile content platform. InMobi last year acquired Roposo, a short video platform, which gave Glance access to more than 42 million users, and to vernacular content creators.

“As the number one top video app on the Google Play Store, Roposo is very well positioned to lead this movement. Roposo will continue to build on the trust and love that 55 million Indian users have placed in us,” adds Naveen.

Chingari, another short video-sharing app that is poised to become one of the top networking sites in India, also lauded the decision. “This is a very good step taken by the Govt of India and the IT Ministry of India. For a very long time, TikTok has been spying on users and sending back the data to china. We are happy that this step has been finally taken,” says Sumit Ghosh, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Chingari, which already boasts over three million downloads.

Revolution for ‘swadeshi’ apps Sumit also urged all the users of TikTok to try Chingari, which he adds “is a 100 percent India grown app, and made for the passionate Indians.” And Indians everywhere appear to be heeding his advice. Chingari, which already boasts over three million downloads, is witnessing 100,000 downloads every hour and 1 million video views every 30 minutes, Aditya Kothari, a founding team member at Chingari tells YourStory.

Aditya adds, “This is a massive opportunity for India to build the largest tech eco-system in the world, and for home-grown apps to innovate and take off.” Like Chingari, Trell, a vernacular lifestyle app, has witnessed a surge in organic activity, with almost a million downloads since the ban.

Pulkit Agrawal, Co-founder of Trell, also welcomed the government’s ‘bold decision’ to ban Chinese mobile apps, adding the move takes “…us closer to a new ‘Aatmanirbhar’ India” and will “….change the trajectory and create a whole new revolution for our swadeshi apps.” “With this new move, startups like ours will play a great role in boosting the Indian economy and help build an Independent tech and startup ecosystem. We are all geared up and ready to be a part of the Digital India revolution and enable our creators to earn a sustainable income while they focus their efforts to make in India,” he adds.

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