Let us nudge our way through the emerging superpower of India, where the traffic is thicker than tomato curry, and where the people go to great lengths to find water on the moon, and what’s happening in each other’s personal lives. Birthplace of Ghandi, calculus, shampoo and Freddie Mercury’s descendants, India is also known as the second home to a slew of multinationals. And to that movie capital of the world, Bollywood, which is dancing all over the toes of its cinematic frenemy, Hollywood.
India is the 14th destination on our ’round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.
Co-workers are friends, and friends know your salary…
…you will be ‘told to eat and eat and eat’
Fast Culture Facts for India
- 1.37 billion, almost rivaling the population of China. India has a relatively high population density of 416 people per square kilometer, rising to an astronomical density of 21,000 people per square km in Mumbai. One in 6 people in the world live in India.
- 512 million – with a labor force participation rate of 53.9%– lower than the United States. Women make up a mere 21.9% of the workforce.
- India’s GDP reached 2.7 trillion in 2018, making it the 7th largest economy in the world, slightly behind the UK and France. Most of India’s GDP – 61 percent – comes from its services sector. Industry follows at 23 percent, then 15.4 percent for agriculture. The nation is aiming to become a world leader in manufacturing, but poor infrastructure and red tape are hindering it somewhat.
- India ranks 108th overall in gender equality. The gender pay gap is a whopping 34 percent, and poverty and discrimination tend to hit women hardest. India has made some recent advances in terms of diversity and inclusion, but as one recent essay lamented, “We are touted as one of the most diverse nations in the world. Yet, our behaviour as a society often reflects problems with assimilation.” India has some laws barring employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and has legalized homosexuality, but not gay marriage.
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