As you might have undoubtedly heard by now, the Indian government has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps such as TikTok, Helo, UC Browser, CamScanner, Shein, Club Factory, WeChat, and many more.
Why Ban Apps?
This ban has been enforced under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009.
According to the press release by the Ministry of Information Technology, these apps are prejudicial to the ‘sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.’
There have been multiple complaints registered regarding the misuse of these apps for unauthorized stealing and transmitting user data. The government has also urged citizens to delete these apps if they already exist on your devices as they may still be mining your data.
What Led To This Decision?
This decision comes at the heels of the Galwan River Valley attack, where Indian soldiers were brutally killed and injured by Chinese troops with crude weapons such as stones and batons.
This is also the first time in 45 years that a clash between the Indian and Chinese troops have resulted in deaths.
It has been assessed that this incident was not a situation that spiraled out of control, as has happened in the past, but a deliberate decision taken by Beijing to send a message of their strength to India and to ‘teach India a lesson.’
Since then, there has been massive public outcry regarding the ban on Chinese apps, phones, and other goods from Indian markets. A survey found that 87% of Indians were ready to boycott Chinese products for a year. Additionally, 97% of respondents said they would “boycott buying major Chinese brands and instead focus on Indian brands.”
This shift in attitudes towards focusing on Indian brands and Indian products has been in effect since the Make in India Initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. However, this recent attack has led to a surge in nationalist sentiments.
Spark.Live is one such platform based in Bangalore. It is a live video consultation and booking platform that offers a range of expert services delivered in your language – Hindi, Bangla, Kannada, Tamil, and English.
Connecting with such experts who offer sessions in regional languages confirms the Indian nature of Spark.Live and its dedication to the cause of expanding online consultations to the masses.
Spark.Live has partnered with Razorpay, which ensures that all data is encrypted during transmission. Due to this, Razorpay is also utilized by a number of trusted businesses such as Aditya Birla Capital, Quickr, Nykaa, SpiceJet, and the Andhra Pradesh Police. Additionally, Spark.Live is committed to protecting the privacy of both its experts and users by ensuring that minimal information is obtained and this information is stored with complete confidentiality.
Spark.Live also offers Indians the opportunity to connect with experts in fields such as yoga, nutrition, astrology, tarot, numerology, and mental health. It also offers skill learning classes such as guitar classes, singing classes, and dance classes. The user can browse through the various experts, choice of sessions, book a session, and even attend said session through the Android app or the website.
Promising a smooth, streamlined experience, Spark.Live is committed to providing the best services at affordable rates. This is especially helpful for regional language experts who may often find it difficult to gain clients. However, due to the nature of online consultations, the experts can connect with people all over the country, and for users to connect to experts in their preferred language.
We believe that information is power and should not be subjected to gatekeeping, especially based on language. In that sense, Spark.Live is truly an app of ‘Bharat’ that encompasses the rich diversity of our language and culture, along with providing users a safe, secure platform to engage with a wide range of experts and specially curated content.