Amid fresh tension over China’s provocation in Ladakh, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday took another step against the Dragonland and blocked 118 more Chinese apps, including PUBG MOBILE, a wildly popular game in India.
It was indeed a welcome move to ban such aaps in the in the interest of India’s sovereignty and integrity, defence and security. Besides, by banning these apps, the government also taught a lesson to China’ for its “very aggressive” actions against India.
It was said that there are close to 33-million active PUBG players in India. The game clocks some 13 million daily users. These mobile games have been banned along with the other Apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, on grounds that “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
This move would certainly safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. Earlier, the government had received many complaints about the misuse of some mobile apps on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting user data to servers outside India.
In view of such developments, the union ministry’s cybercrime centre had also recommended blocking of these “malicious apps.” It would not only affect the Chinese businessmen and industrialists, but also affect the economy of China in this fiscal year.
An anti-China sentiment has been on the rise in India since June’s fatal border clash between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in fighting at the border site in the Himalayan Galwan Valley, prompting a swift and theatrical backlash on India’s streets.
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