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Doing Business in India For Dummies® by Ranjini Manian

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Using Consultants in India

Using consultants for your business needs is a very good option in India, because they know the ropes much better than you, at least initially. Consultants can help you with the whole slew of business needs, covering areas like recruitment, working out pay packages, training, changing management, and business strategy as a whole.

A good consultant can tell you what to do and what not to do, offer solutions when you hit roadblocks, and point you in the right direction when you don’t know which way to turn. All are invaluable assets when you’re playing on someone else’s turf. In this section, I explain how to find a consultant and how to manage him.

History of trade unionism

Kerala, the southernmost Indian state, was the first in the world to have an elected Communist government. The leftist parties, primarily the CPI and the CPI-M, play a leading role in the country’s politics. They’re currently the ruling party in two states, and also offer support to the central government. Trade unionism is an accepted part of the business scene in India, though the disruptive nature of the concept has by and large worn off.

There was a time when industrialists and businessmen studiously shunned both West Bengal and Kerala because they were infamous for labor unrest. Strikes or bandhs were the order of the day there, and businesses lived on the edge, never knowing when a seemingly trivial incident would erupt into a major, statewide issue, involving various unions ...

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