India’s road to swadeshi perdition

Boycotting China is one thing. Being self-sufficient is another. This is a story of how India fails on both counts

Anandbhai Thakarwal never thought he’d see the day, but here he is, a cat on a hot tin roof, a shopkeeper without a signboard. His Student Collection sells toys, memory cards, stationery, makeup and other miscellanea. It’s closed while other shops remain open, but that’s not what’s off. The store’s blue display board—which screamed “Vivo” louder than it did “Student Collection”—has been taken down and kicked to the literal curb. […]

To access this post, you must purchase Subscription, Regular, Regular – Annual, Regular – Monthly or Student.

Lead image by Louis Reed on Unsplash.

Inline image credits in order of appearance:

Jens Mahnke from Pexels.

Tyler Lastovich on Pexels.

Mae Mu on Unsplash.

The Morning Context has raised money from a clutch of investors, entirely in their personal capacity. It is quite likely that some of them may be directly or indirectly involved in a competing line of business similar to the companies we write about. Our full list of investors is here.


Subscribe to read this story and more
100+ new, deeply reported stories and 50+ shorts a year
Things Change, TMC’s weekly newsletter
Full access to the archives