Chinese apps banned in India
Chinese apps banned in India

India’s move to ban 59 Chinese apps including TikTok found widespread support among the country’s startup and tech community, who are eyeing this opportunity to back promising homegrown ventures.

The government on Monday prohibited the use of several apps citing the threat posed to the country’s “sovereignty and security”. This comes after border tensions between India and China flared up to their worst levels in over four decades.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the government’s decision to outlaw dozens of China-based apps:

Balaji S. Srinivasan, former general partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Prominent Silicon Valley-based angel investor Balaji S Srinivasan is teaming with AngelList founder Naval Ravikant to back Indian versions of the 59 Chinese apps that the government has banned. Srinivasan invited proposals along with links of working prototypes through a tweet.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder, Paytm

Paytm founder and CEO called the move a bold step in India’s national interest.

Anand Lunia, founding partner, IndiaQuotient

Lunia highlighted the difference between Chinese apps with no physical presence in India and homegrown apps backed by Chinese investors.

Karthik, former national lead, social, at Ogilvy

Pravin Jadhav, former Paytm Money CEO

Naveen Tewari, founder, InMobi

Ravish Naresh, co-founder, Khatabook

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