Is India really becoming Atmanirbhar?
In this time of pandemic, many jobs have been robbed, many industries have shut themselves down, people don’t know what the nearby future is going to be and we are still neck-to-neck at the border with China.
Noticing all this, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a message to the nation appealed to each and every citizen to start pushing for Atmanirbhar(Self-Reliant) Bharat by being vocal for local and supporting made in India things.
After that appeal, many people started to opt for Indian items, be it software or hardware. It’s been more than a month since the PM’s message to the nation. Have any changes happened till now?
So in this article, we are going to talk about the changes brought by that appeal.
What was the need for the call of Atmanirbhar?
With the nation being in a full-fledged lockdown since 28th March, many industries and companies were forced to shut down their operations. Because of that, many people became unemployed. Migrant crisis made daily headlines in the news show and many people lost their jobs.
The people were forced to stay confined in their homes to minimize the spread of virus but the tension of the future was rising alongside it. With the confusion at a high, there was a need to comfort the citizens.
With almost no work at that time and the government planning to reopen the nation, they had to motivate the citizens and instil a new hope in them
Consequences of Atmanirbhar Bharat
After the PM’s call, many people have shifted towards using domestic products. Although there aren’t a lot of products at the moment, but industries have slowly started to produce products catering to the needs of the customers.
And with the recent tensions at the LAC between Indian and Chinese army, the sentiments against China are at an all-time high. Boycotting Chinese products has been going on in the country, be it software or hardware. Riding on this sentiment, the government banned 59 Chinese apps, including big names like TikTok and UC Browser.
Since then, there have been many new apps that have been developed by Indian programmers.
One of the apps developed by Indian developers is Changa.
Changa is an India-based free short video app that has been launched recently on the Play Store. It is designed for people to showcase their innovative videos inline with our theme of light humour. Changa provides an easy and seamless interface for users to create, edit, and share their videos, and at the same time browse through a library of top videos across the globe.
It has got a decent amount of downloads and can be a good alternative to TikTok. On the play store, it has got more than 10000 downloads within 2–3 days of release and has a rating of 4.5.
The User interface of the app is quite similar to TikTok, so you won’t find it difficult to use. Along with this, you have the option to share videos, WhatsApp statuses, and much more stuff.
The app has a size of 18 MB and it is compatible with devices having Android version 5.0 or greater.
The Changa app is different from others as it is newly developed so it has great potential to expand itself, unlike the apps that have already established and can’t risk new changes.
It has been developed by a new company called BITCS. Since it is their first app, we can’t say much about the company but the app is surely loved by the users, which can be seen through its ratings.
The ban was also done because of the reports of Chinese apps stealing the user’s data. It might seem small but data is the most valuable asset in today’s time. The data can be used to change the political scenario or government of a country and interfere in the internal matters, which could prove very risky.
Other than software, many companies are looking to move their production units out of China and the India government is trying to discuss with them to set up their plants in India, which will give a boost to the area where the unit will be established and provide employment to the people.
The call for Atmanirbhar India is a good call to make but it won’t be possible without the support of government and the enthusiasm of people to make it successful. It could take some time for Indian items to become a significant portion in the Indian market but it is a small price to pay for making us stand on our feet.
Not only this, it will help you in cutting our imports if we can produce those things in our country, thereby becoming less dependent on other countries.