On May 12, the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi unveiled the idea of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” and asked people to go “Vocal for Local”, stressing on the importance of local manufacturing, the local market, and local supply chain. With rising border tensions with China, this unleashed a wave of nationalism where people across the country voluntarily started uninstalling Chinese apps like TikTok and Helo. On Jun 29, when the Indian Government banned 59 Chinese apps citing national security, it led to frantic searches of Indian alternatives. Chingari and ShareChat started getting lakhs of downloads by the hour.
While not all the 59 apps currently have Indian substitutes, we researched on the Play Store and found a good number of quality equivalents that are “Made in India”. Each of these Indian apps has 100K+ downloads and a 4+ rating on Play Store.
During the exercise, we found some lesser-known, but remarkably interesting apps as well. For example, as a social network, we found IamHere as a great platform for location-based social collaboration and social commerce. For video calling, we found Say Namaste as a good alternative. As a scanner, we found Doc Scanner produces quality PDFs.
It is time to announce to the world that India has arrived in the App world, catering not just to the Indian market, but to the global market as well, with world-class technology and interfaces.