Wal-Mart’s First Indian Store

New Orleans The first rollout of a store in India from the fruit of the Bharti-Wal-Mart partnership is emiwalbharnent.  The Journal was trumpeting the in Amritsar in the Punjab scheduled for next Tuesday.  Word in India from Dharmendra Kumar, director of India FDI Watch Campaign is that they will have to “postpone…opening which was scheduled…as violence erupted in Amritsar and the rest of Punja over killing of religious leader in Vienna.”

The very gradual backdoor opening on the “cash and carry” wholesale model (what we know in the US as a Sam’s or Costco or Price Club style) hardly merits the who-hah in the business press. The president of Wal-Mart India, Raj Jain, indicated that they might open “as many as 15 stores nationwide in the next three years…”  Admittedly that is more than the 8 that they had announced in that period last year, but as North America’s know for Wal-Mart 5 stores a year is hardly a blip on the expansion and openings chart. Continue reading “Wal-Mart’s First Indian Store”

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Munich Film Festival for ACORN India

New Orleans Ok, how many times will I ever get to blow this horn – not many probably, so…hey, the ACORN Foundation documentary done by our friend, Parasher has been invited to be shown in the prestigious Munich Film Festival this summer on a special invitation. How about that! The real “slumdogs” are having a day in the sun in Germany.

Here are two articles celebrating the invitation that ran in Mumbai in recent days.
www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx

Twin Success
Films on “real life slumdogs” and the Naga struggle by city documentary filmmaker Parasher Baruah to be screened in Munich and Switzerland respectively
By Lekha Menon
Posted On Thursday, May 07, 2009
he camera follows Santosh, Sameer and Salman closely as they navigate through mountains of rubbish to pick up bottles, metal or any other material that can fetch them their next meal.

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