Amid the heightened tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian government on Monday took an unprecedented step and has banned as many as 59 Chinese apps including TikTok.
As soon as India banned 59 Chinese applications, Indian social app ‘Chingari’ started receiving about 100,000 downloads per hour. Meanwhile, Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra group, promoted Indian app for free and also downloaded it.
Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to inform that he has downloaded Chingari app, and congratulated the founders. After Mahindra promoted Chingari, millions of his followers started downloading this app, which has been hailed as the TikTok killer.
Anand Mahindra wrote, “I hadn’t ever downloaded TikTok but I have just downloaded Chingari… More power to you…”
Sumit Ghosh, co-founder of Chingari app shared on his Facebook profile that after Anand Mahindra’s tweet, his app is being downloaded at the speed of 100,000 downloads/hour, which is one of the fastest speed in India.
The government has blocked 59 apps for safety, security, defence, sovereignty and integrity of India. Ghosh has welcomed the government’s move banning Chinese apps.
“Chingari team wants to thank the government of India and PMO for this decision to ban Chinese apps This step will take India one step ahead to be an Atmanirbhar economy – free from the clutches of China,” Ghosh said.
As per Times of India, the app, which is available in multiple languages, including regional Indian languages, has been download more than 2.5 million times, and now it is growing like fire in the country.
The app came into the market two years ago but caught everyone’s attention in the last month after the India-China border standoff. The app’s co-founders are Sumit Ghosh from Bhillai, who lives in Bengalore and Biswatma Nayak from Odisha.