The debate around censorship in India has this week focused on a new target – Comedy Central.
The television channel has secured a stay order which delays a temporary transmission ban imposed after the airing of what the information ministry termed “obscene dialogues” and “vulgar words derogatory to women” which “appeared to offend good taste and decency”. Continue reading »
Evolving trends in emerging markets are not always driven by macro-economic policies or demographics. Sometimes, something as simple as a fridge can change millions of people’s lives and re-define an entire industry.
This is exactly what’s happening in India’s milk market. The world’s second most-populous nation is also the world’s largest market for milk, yet less than 20 per cent of households own a fridge. The popularity of the white stuff in India, combined with the proliferation of refrigerators from a very low base, are perfect conditions for a milk boom, driving by the unique consumer situation in this market. Continue reading »
By Saurabh Mukherjea and Ritika Mankar-Mukherjee of Ambit Capital
Indian newspapers paint a gloomy picture of the state of the nation. They point to the 5 percentage-point drop over the last five years in the country’s once-feted economic growth rate. They bemoan the depressed stock market which has delivered negative returns over the last five years. And they point to the stagnant incomes of their readers who are, generally, white-collar workers and businessmen.
What the newspapers don’t do is discuss the remarkable surge over the last five years in the fortunes of less privileged workers – wages for blue-collar workers have been growing at a staggering 15 per cent or more annually. Continue reading »
India was once the first stop on any twenty-first century equivalent of the Grand Tour – a country famous for an abundance of ancient temples, dramatic mountainsides and sandy beaches.
The country is still a hot topic for travellers – but for a far less positive reason. Since the brutal rape of a 23 year-old student in Delhi in December, tourists are concerned about safety in India – and visitor numbers reflect that. Continue reading »
But Anil Ambani’s Reliance Broadcast Network is going ahead anyway, teaming up with RTL Group, the European entertainment network, to launch Big RTL Thrill, a channel targetting Indian men aged between 15 and 44. Continue reading »
Multinationals are never slow to spot a branding opportunity. Everywhere from the local supermarket to the Olympic Games has become familiar territory. But India has managed to come up with a new possibility – the wedding reception. Continue reading »
The magazine may not be available yet, but Playboy plans to open in India. That’s right, the magazine famous for nudity – and underrated for it’s articles – is going to open retail outlets, clubs, hotels and fashion cafés, according to the Economic Times.
The bulk of Bollywood films are not exactly known for their trenchant social commentary. Modern Bollywood music even less so. Songs about sexy girls and boyz [sic] tend to dominate.
So it is rare that a mainstream Bollywood song takes aim at corporate India. But that is exactly what a song from the upcoming movie “Chakravyuh”, a film about the Naxalite separatist movement which releases next month, has done. And it has elicited a response from the Confederation of Indian Industry. Continue reading »
In the years following the global economic crisis, Indians remained overwhelmingly optimistic about the country’s future prospects, as economic growth remained resilient driven by the huge pent-up demand from within the country.