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Selected Sources for India
Tuesday, 16th November 2010
DocuTicker editors contribute brief articles
to FUMSI on conducting research with grey literature - reports from government
agencies, think tanks, research institutes and public interest organisations.
In my work as a contributing editor for DocuTicker,
I research publicly available reports on a number of global topics.
Here are some of my favourite resources for India:
like China, is another Asian giant which has shown strong economic
growth in recent years, although it continues to have great
disparities of wealth. Reflecting this growth, India is a member of
the G20, from which site
important national financial institutions can be located. Indeed, the
development of the G20 is largely explained by the need to
accommodate the emerging economies alongside the original G7/G8
National Informatics Centre (NIC) has produced an excellent Directory
of Indian Government Websites. This provides links to all of the
key ministries, and under the heading Institutions/Organisations it
also does the same for major areas of economic and cultural life. In
a country where the state sector is very important, the section
Public Sector and
Joint Venture is particularly worth exploring.
should not be forgotten that, although India is
spoken of as if it were a monolithic entity,
is in fact composed of 35 States and Union Territories.
Complimentary to the NIC's national directory is this
one which details bodies at this more local level.
Ministry of Statistics and
Programme Implementation and the Ministry
of Finance are both plentiful sources of official economic data.
are various sources which can put this data into context and provide
useful background to the country. India Knowledge, from the
School at the University of Pennsylvania, has a range of articles
and podcasts on various economic sectors and issues. These are
regularly added to in order to remain topical, e.g. this
article on the July 2009 Budget.
of the reason India is now classed as an emerging market and a
potential economic superpower is because for many people it has long
been synonymous with poverty. This assumption is not without
foundation. A useful corrective to the euphoric type of commentary is
provided by One
World's India Guide which gives statistics and links not
offered elsewhere all in the one place, and which help to make for a
research company Millward Brown has concise reports on various
emerging economies as part of the ‘Market Focus' section of its
on India is typical, being clearly written and attractively
presented, with a number of key facts noted and culminating in a list
of websites for news and travel purposes. It is not an in-depth
report, but is certainly a good starting-point.
further source, which unites the virtues of concision and topicality,
is the India
Portal of the Federation of
International Trade Associations (FITA). This has a number of
sections, but it is the first, the Country Profile, which appears to
be most useful and current. Starting with an Introduction that
includes some basic statistics and practical pointers (e.g. telephone
codes, the current time in India), it moves on to sections on the
Business Environment; Economic and Political Overview; Selling and
Buying; Operating a Business; Investing; and Travelling.
is a very clearly-constructed site. Especially
good is the use throughout of relevant links to confirm and enlarge
upon the information FITA itself offers. For example, Business
Environment has a sub-section on National Regulation and
International Agreements which notes some of the main legal measures
and in addition links to the texts. Since these links are to such
sources as India Code (a
database of Indian legislation starting from 1836!) and WIPO,
this is a convenient way to reach much more information on India than
is immediately apparent from the FITA site alone.
way of looking at an emerging market is from a specific viewpoint.
Industry organisations can be worthwhile sources in this respect. An
indigenous example is the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry
(CITI). Textiles and clothing are an important area of the Indian
economy, and here
can be found two substantial free reports, ‘Impact of Economic
Slowdown on Indian Textile and Clothing Industry', and ‘Vision
for the Indian Textile and Clothing Industry 2007-2012'.
traditional, but perhaps equally significant, is India's growing
involvement in IT.
claims to be "the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of
industries in India." A lot of the
site's content is restricted to members, but some research
have free executive summaries. Likewise the
Review 2009 (PDF).
example from an external standpoint is the Canadian Tourism
- 2009 Market Analysis' (PDF). As can often be the case, while
detailing factors especially important to a particular industry,
writings along these lines bring in information which is of more
general application. Thus this report has useful sections on such
areas as Demographics, the Economic Outlook, and Media Habits which
could help researchers in many other contexts.
keep up to date with developments, a good source is the Economic
Times. This is a lively newspaper which specialises in
business news and takes full advantage of the Internet's
capabilities by offering it as text or video.
At a time when newspapers are increasingly debating whether and how
to charge for content, this one appears to have kept everything free
and of a good standard.
for India, which can provide a swift way into all the major facets of
the country (economic, political, cultural, etc), are found at the
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About this article:
By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.
Adrian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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