Why the government is out for Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo

In recent weeks, the $26 billion Indian smartphone industry has seen an unprecedented shakedown by the authorities. What does it mean?

This summer has only been the bearer of bad news for the Chinese smartphone makers operating in India. In the weeks gone by, Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo—which account for about 70% of the Indian smartphone market—have seen extraordinary scrutiny from the government, resulting in allegations of tax evasion and fraud. There have been raids, freezing of accounts, reshuffles in local leadership, rumours of executives fleeing the country and, in a first, accusations of coercion against the Indian government. If you haven’t been following the relentless news updates on the three companies, here are the highlights:

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Harveen Ahluwalia

Harveen is a co-founder at The Morning Context, and leads our Internet coverage, overseeing a team of reporters writing on startups and tech. She has previously worked as a media, consumer and tech reporter at The Ken and Mint. At The Morning Context, she writes on startups, venture capital, consumer and media businesses—from e-commerce to healthtech to streaming.

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Saif Iqbal

Saif is a writer and co-founder at The Morning Context. He has worked across technology, strategy and business functions during his career. Saif has extensive experience in e-commerce, working with companies such as Snapdeal and LG Electronics in India. He currently works at an edtech startup in Canada. At The Morning Context, he focuses on e-commerce and retail and writes the stories that matter.