Two years since Article 370: A major success for the NDA?

  Two years after Indian parliament revoked the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narender Modi’s government seems to have succeeded in bringing the region under its direct control.On 5 August 2019, a proposal to abolish Article 370 and 35A implemented in Kashmir was introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha. After which President Ram Nath Kovind also approved it after the resolution was passed in the Rajya Sabha. After getting approval from the President, Article 370 and 35A were abolished from Jammu and Kashmir. After this big decision of the central government, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were separated and divided into two separate union territories.   After the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said, 'Now our country can move forward on the path of peace and development.' He said that this step will further strengthen the policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Shah exuded confidence th

India's Digital Retaliation

The Government of India on Monday (30 June) banned 59 chinese mobile applications, including social media platforms such as TikTok, Wechat and Helo. The reason behind the ban is - application posed threat to country's “ sovereignty and security”. But this issue is also present with Google, Facebook, Twitter. Then why are they left?  The reason is clear: India took this step to give a strict statement to China. Chinese apps were on target of the government for a long time but after the recent conflict on border government fired the trigger. India is a big and growing market for 59 chinese apps banned in the country. TikTok was among the most popular  among them, and had 16.4 million new installs in June. Overall, the app has 200 million active users in India. According to the data of Sensors Tower, the app generated revenue of $924,000 from June 2019 to June 2020 in India through user spending alone. Adding advertising revenue, overall revenue would be a lot higher. To become the world's most powerful country China is using very wrong tactics. And apps are the biggest weapon in that. In recent times cyber attacks on Australia is an example of this. Strategic experts believe that in future war will be fought on technological ground. And for fighting like this personal data is very important, which can be stolen from these apps easily. The ban has given an opportunity  to Indian app makers to grab the space left from these apps. While India and China are locked in a military standoff and engage in defense and diplomatic dialogues to de-escalate the situation, public opinion in India is split over whether recent government actions are apt or enough. Some believe that an alteration of the Indian map cannot be rightfully responded to through government action against Chinese apps; others, meanwhile, opine that it is a strong economic move, especially in the technology and telecommunications sector.


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