The gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ban 59 Chi­nese apps — many ex­tremely pop­u­lar — has invited var­ied opin­ions. From young­sters to Bol­ly­wood celebri­ties, here’s what the larger con­sen­sus says

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He only does things that are close to his heart. So, when he is not train­ing to be a bet­ter crick­eter, Shikhar Dhawan likes to spend time with na­ture, and an­i­mals. “It’s im­por­tant for us to be com­pas­sion­ate to­wards those who can’t talk. They have the same right to be on this planet as us,” he says.

All his love and com­pas­sion is be­cause of the fact that he has al­ways been around dogs. “I have three dogs in Aus­tralia. Here, at my par­ents home as well, there are two dogs. I had been plan­ning to get a few at my place as well,” he says. “I know I’ve had pedi­gree dogs be­fore. But then, I have gone be­yond looks and breed. I had de­cided that I would adopt in­stead of buy­ing” he says.

So, when his wife, Ae­sha, showed him a photo of “two re­ally cute” in­die dogs — Chole and Valen­tine — who were up for adop­tion, it was an in­stant yes. “My son, Zo­rawar, ever since this Lock­down, wasn’t go­ing out of the house much. He has been spend­ing time with them. He now spends less time on iPad, be­cause he is play­ing with them,” he adds.

The left-handed bats­man has cher­ished ev­ery mo­ment with his fam­ily in the last few months.

“I was telling this to Ae­sha the other day, that we have all gone back to the time when we

For me it’s al­ways ‘In­dia First’. Twenty of our brave sol­diers were mar­tyred in the Gal­wan Val­ley de­fend­ing our In­dian ter­ri­tory. They can­not be and should not be for­got­ten. I had stopped us­ing TikTok post the Gal­wan face off.

I have not posted a sin­gle video for quite some time and I have deleted the app as well. But I also want our In­dian tech guys to come up with bet­ter apps or sim­i­lar apps so that we won’t ever need for­eign apps. We are quite ca­pa­ble of do­ing that.

I do feel bad for those who be­came sen­sa­tions as their house­holds were run­ning be­cause of it. Go­ing Aatm­nirb­har is the best step but, I feel, fo­cus should be on pro­mot­ing Swadesi for the love of our own peo­ple. I hope our gov­ern­ment pro­vides al­ter­nate so­lu­tions, too. all were 20-21 year olds. Sham ko geri pe nikal jaate the, green masti karne. Kyuki kuch aur karne ko nahi hota tha. Ab bhi wahi sit­u­a­tion hai,” he says.

But that doesn’t mean he is not ex­cited to be back on the pitch. “I have made come­backs in the team in the last few years. So, men­tally speak­ing I have made my­self very strong to al­ways be ready to play,” he says.

Navneet Vyasan and Shreya Mukher­jee


Aamir Khan

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