New Delhi: – The moves for an Indian boycott of Chinese mobile company, Xiaomi, has been initiated for not showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of the Indian map in the weather app. Although Xiaomi has said it was a technical snag, questions are being raised over the intent. China has been consistently claiming rights over Arunachal Pradesh. China recently said that it does not recognise Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh as parts of India. Against this background, Arunachal Pradesh missing from the Indian map in the apps of the Chinese mobile companies becomes a part of the Chinese propaganda. Criticism is already rife that the Chinese companies are implementing the Chinese government policies.
Chinese companies work for the Chinese military. Therefore, there is criticism that they are a threat to national security. Many countries, including the United States, have banned Huawei company accusing that the Chinese company is involved in espionage for the Chinese government. India, too, has banned 218 Chinese apps citing national security concerns. It was revealed that the data of Indian users was not safe with these companies. A big company like Alibaba also had been accused of giving fake news regarding India through its news app. Now Xiaomi is at the centre of a controversy.
The security concerns regarding the Chinese mobiles, who have captured a good market share in India over the last few years, with their cheap mobile handsets, have been raised even in the past. But now, it has been exposed to how these companies implement Chinese policies. Xiaomi has omitted Arunachal Pradesh from the Indian map in its built-in weather app. All-round criticism has started against Xiaomi over this issue. Xiaomi is one of the companies having the highest business in the Indian mobile market since the last few years. But now, the ‘Boycott Xiaomi’ appeal is gaining momentum on social media.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently dedicated 44 bridges in the border area to the nation. These bridges have been built in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. While reacting to this, China said that it does not recognise Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh as parts of India. Therefore, analysts believe that Arunachal Pradesh going missing from the Xiaomi weather app, just a few days after this, is not a mere coincidence.