I have always been a regular reader of articles written by Swaminathan S. His natural style of writing and expressions remind me a lot of R.K. Narayan. Though their areas of interest are different, I can sense some similarity in their writing.
Couple of his recent articles were too good. I just enjoyed reading them
In the first article he beautifully brings out the instances when the Government strategies have failed but India, as a country, gained a lot on those failures. His writing in this article is very true to the topic. It appears that non-strategies, sometimes, have resulted in huge success. Take the brain-based industries for instance. Also the GDP growth of 9% has not come out of any hi-funda strategy by the Government. So as he says, Non-strategy may be a blessing too!
After reading the second article, I have my strong doubts whether Wal-Mart model will succeed in a country like India. They are better off providing back-end support, as they are planning to do, with Bharti at the front-end. But I have my misgiving on their success as an independent retailer. Wal-Mart has always been a company which targets the lower-middle-class population. They rely strongly on their ‘low-price’ strategy, which is achievable through various strategies like Cheap Labor, Location outside the city, etc. But though it is cheaper, consumers will prefer the local shopkeepers to traveling all the way to Wal-Mart. Also the consumer-centric approach of Wal-Mart would not fare well with the Indian economy which is more employee-centric. So overall, the Communist party has over-hyped the arrival of Wal-Mart to India.
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