In the digital age, there's an app for everything, including an app to delete other apps.
A few days ago, Sonam Wangchuk, whose work inspired Vidhu Vinod Chopra's '3 Idiots', posted a video on YouTube saying that Indians should boycott everything Chinese to take revenge for rising tensions between India and China.
As the world struggles to deal with the imminent threat of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, Chinese and Indian troops seem to be heading towards a face-off along the Line of Actual Control or LAC. Both countries have sent troops to the border and aggression seems to be on the rise.
Wangchuk believes that the only way to defeat China is by using "wallet power." In the video, he says that while our soldiers are fighting Chinese troops on the border, we are buying Chinese products and goods which in turn gives China more money to invest in their army.
Soon after Wangchuk's video went viral, #BoycottChina, #BoycottMadeinChina, #BoycottChineseApps and #BoycottTiktok began trending on social media. Bollywood actor Milind Soman also joined the bandwagon and decided to uninstall Chinese app Tiktok from his phone.
— Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) May 29, 2020
Not just Wangchuk, many Indians have been harbouring hatred for the Chinese and everything originating from China from the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Several even wanted to take revenge against China for the same. In fact, many Indians have been searching on Google-- how to delete or remove Chinese apps from their phones. Take a look at Google trends.
Like @Wangchuk66 said, it's a gradual process. You can remove Chinese apps in a week. It might take you a year to stop using a China-made phone. Maybe longer to figure out alternatives to other objects. It takes time, but it's important to do it eventually. https://t.co/evl5mMKels — StrawberryAlarmclock (@SingInTheRine) June 1, 2020
Tried this new app by "OneTouch AppLabs" called "Remove China Apps" and found this atleast!
— AatmanirbharBharatAbhiyan (@OfficeOfAdi) June 1, 2020
— Rohit Jaiswal 🇮🇳 (@Rohit_INDN) May 31, 2020
So my phone don't have any Chinese app #RemoveChinaApps#supportindia pic.twitter.com/TyDvCScd09 — साधना कुशवाहा (@Sadhana_world) May 30, 2020
'Remove China Apps' is an app which can help you removing all the Chinese apps in your phone. It will scan all the apps in your phone and tell you which chinese app you are using.
Here is the play store link:https://t.co/L3Fuo7SuyG
— Aaj Ki Taza Khabar (youtube channel) (@AKTKadmin) May 30, 2020
Install this app .... step forward to boycott china ! #BoycottChineseProducts #RemoveChinaApps pic.twitter.com/LODmDsM4iX — MOHiT Gehlot (@FASCiNATED_mg) May 31, 2020
Use this app 'Remove China Apps' and it will detect all chinese apps and then you can remove these apps. Do not use chinese apps atleast for our army who are fighting on border with china. Bcoz of these apps we gave money to china so boycott it#BoycottChineseProducts #Swadeshi pic.twitter.com/dddRehBgoq
— Bhupendra Pratap Singh🇮🇳 (@Bhupen0607) May 31, 2020
It’s time to remove some apps from your phone and switch to better alternatives.#RemoveChinaApps #BoycottChineseProducts pic.twitter.com/hr1P0wkTrI — suraj kumar (@bhagatsuraj15) May 31, 2020
The app, as of now, has 4.8 ratings on the Android Play Store. It is not available for Apple devices yet. Currently, the app has over 1 million downloads and thousands on positive reviews.
In India, the term 'boycott' happens to be the thrown around very casually and every time one does not agree with someone's point of view or is upset about something - there is only one solution. To boycott it. Boycott movies. Boycott apps. Why, even boycott human beings!
Here's a reality check. Since 2018, Chinese apps have ruled the market in India with over 50 top apps on play store belonging to China. And yes, TikTok happens to be one of the most popular apps in India even today, even after countless calls for bans. As a matter of fact, TikTok is a legit source of income for several Indians.
If you were to scour through and delete all Chinese apps, your phone (assuming it isn't made in China?) would probably be left with only a handful of apps.