With the official banning of the Chinese Apps coming into effect, Chingari, developed in the year 2018,  is finding its own popularity among short video-making enthusiasts.

India’s TikTok alternative Chingari soars high amid 59 banned Chinese Apps

Clocking 2.5 million downloads, domestic short video making App – Chingari– is now soaring new heights. Since the anti-China sentiment began, Indian users have been scouting for alternatives to Tiktok and many other Apps, including CamScanner.

With the official banning of the Chinese Apps coming into effect, Chingari, developed in the year 2018, is finding its own popularity among short video-making enthusiasts. Sumit Ghosh, the brain behind Chingari, is already predicted to become a billionaire by next month, as the video making app has witnessed a 100k-download per hour after the TikTok ban.

Chingari popularity after TikTok banPic Courtesy: Chingari Twitter handle

Apparently, Anand Mahindra, in his Twitter handle had expressed that he has never downloaded TikTok but preferred Chingari over the Chinese App.

Understanding a little more on the banning of Chinese App, the Ministry of Information Technology, in its press statement has said that invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats, it was decided to block 59 apps of Chinese origin, as they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of state and public order.

The banned  59 Apps include:

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beauty Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space


  1. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  2. WeSync
  3. ES File Explorer
  4. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  5. Meitu
  6. Vigo Video
  7. New Video Status
  8. DU Recorder
  9. Vault-Hide
  10. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  11. DU Cleaner
  12. DU Browser
  13. Hago Play With New Friends
  14. Cam Scanner
  15. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  16. Wonder Camera
  17. Photo Wonder
  18. QQ Player
  19. We Meet
  20. Sweet Selfie
  21. Baidu Translate
  22. Vmate
  23. QQ International
  24. QQ Security Center
  25. QQ Launcher
  26. U Video
  27. V fly Status Video
  28. Mobile Legends
  29. DU Privacy


On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices.

This move, according to India, will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace, asserts the ministry.

The IT Ministry will ensure an effective ban on these apps by directing the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block the app servers on both cellular and broadband networks. Denying access to these apps to the internet servers of the ISPs will ensure that their usage is effectively stopped.

But the experts in the industry say that the government must also enforce the ban on the VPN service providers, whose tools can be used to access the apps even after they have been banned.

Google and Apple have also been respectively informed by the Ministry to stop providing the banned Apps on their App stores.

Meanwhile, Nikhil Gandhi, Head of India, TikTok, in a social media circulated statement has clarified that user privacy was always given the highest priority by the organization.

Pic Courtesy: TikTok IndiaTwitter handle


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