here was a time, not too long ago, when Indians craved imported products. Locally-made stuff was considered — and, often, was — inferior to anything produced anywhere else in the world. Travellers returning home brought back suitcases stuffed with garments, cosmetics, foodstuffs etc. The well-off didn’t mind shelling out three times the original price for the privilege of driving a foreign car on Indian roads. ‘Foreign’ was an attribute much coveted.
Then came stage II. India became a supplier to the world, churning out clothes, shoes and accessories that found their way to store shelves all over the world. The brands were international, but the ‘Made in India’ tag was there for the world to see.
Now we’re in stage III, where the rest of the world flocks to India-made, India-branded goods. At least a handful of companies have not only proven that we can match an international-level quality of manufacturing, but also shown that we can win points for originality, functionality and aesthetics. The ‘Made in India’ tag is no longer hidden on the inner flap of the brands — it’s proudly displayed on the tag itself. Welcome to the Power of I.
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