Going local is a route many advertisers take, but that has not given this auto ad any freshness
Mahindra Renault has launched a new campaign for its entry-level sedan called Logan. 'Logan loves India' is the theme. And so you can already imagine what the commercials might feature: desperately desi situations.
Two TV commercials are on the air. The trick they have pulled is to marry a particular car feature with the so-called 'Indian character' of the brand. The first film features the typical Indian undivided family. And highlights the unique characteristic of us Indians. One chap is flying out somewhere (maybe even from Mumbai to Pune for the weekend!), and the entire khandaan arrives at the airport to see him off. Obviously, this situation is used to demonstrate the ample space in the car. The other film features a typical Bharatiya naari out to shop for that elusive sari. So she visits one shop after another, but can't make up her mind. And all this as the dear hubby cheerfully plays the chauffeur, only because the mileage of Logan doesn't hurt him much. Yes, all very Indian, all very 'hum log'.
Now here's the problem: 'Made for apna desh' is a trick that's pulled by all sorts of brands now and then. Especially when a good idea doesn't strike the mind. Therefore this particular route clearly offers the Logan no freshness… in fact it's quite a tired strategy. But there's a much bigger issue out here: Even if the target consumers enjoy these commercials, and see themselves in the situations, would they want their car to carry the label of 'hamaari gaddi'? Is the Indian-ness of a car a desirable product proposition in this category, especially for a sedan? I mean, desh ki chai, desh ka paan masala, desh ki bank, desh ka cell-phone… even desh ka condom is all very fine and dandy. But a desi sedan? Naaaaah!
Ergo, the Mahindra suits have overlooked a critical consumer insight out here: For a big car, the status value of the brand is above all else in this country. Above mileage, above boot space, above any other feature for that matter. And the desi touch only depreciates the desirability quotient of the car, rather than add to it. So here's the bottom-line: the makers of Logan overlooked a very important 'Indian' thing: We people DO NOT desire local cars, in fact, that's considered down-market. Which is why this is a very risky idea. I think this campaign will do more damage than good to the brand.
The institute added that inflationary expectations would continue to be high as growth in food prices are not declining much and the growth momentum in the economy is not picking up
The Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) has said that the inflation is likely to rise to over 11% in June from 10.16% in May and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may have to take monetary action to tame it, reports PTI.
The Whole Price Index (WPI) inflation figure for June is slated to be released tomorrow.
"The WPI forecast is 11.12% for June...the RBI is slowly withdrawing from its low policy rates regime and the trend is going to continue, given the inflationary pressure in the economy," IEG said in its monthly bulletin.
The think-tank further said that the inflation was likely to continue in double digits till July before declining in August.
The inflation is expected to be at 10.97% in July and 9.54% in August, IEG said. It added that inflationary expectations would continue to be high as growth in food prices are not declining much and the growth momentum in the economy is not picking up.
Driven by spiralling prices of essential items, inflation surged into double digits at 10.16% in May, the highest in the last 19 months.
The inflation stood at 9.59% in April, according to the provisional estimate. The final figure is expected tomorrow.
The final inflation estimate during March was 11.04%, up from the provisional figure of 9.90%.
To tame inflation, the Reserve Bank raised key short-term policy rates by 25 basis points in an unscheduled announcement earlier this month. Also, it had increased the repo and reverse repo rates by 25 basis points in April.
The Reserve Bank is slated to come out with its quarterly monetary policy on 27th July.
PMEAC chairman C Rangarajan suggested giving BPL households 30 kg of foodgrains per month and to APL households 15 kg per month
The Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) chairman C Rangarajan today said that people above the poverty line can also be considered for the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) pet food security scheme under which subsidised foodgrains will be available at ration shops as a legal right, reports PTI.
"Another alternative that one can think of is to give to the BPL (below poverty line) households 30 kg per month and to APL (above poverty line) households 15 kg per month. This will, in a way, ensure that all households will be assured of some minimum availability of foodgrains," Mr Rangarajan said at a conference organised by the ministry of food in New Delhi.
The Food Security Act as proposed by the UPA government assures rice/wheat at Rs3 a kg to BPL families as a matter of legal right. The issue of quantity has been kept open, even though 25 kg was proposed earlier.
The Left parties had also been demanding universalisation of the Public Distribution System (PDS) under which subsidised foodgrains are made available at ration shops on equal terms.
However, Mr Rangarajan said that there would have to be different prices for BPL and APL households in order to keep the subsidy burden under control.
By present estimates, the number of BPL households is 6.5 crore and the APL 11.5 crore. An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, is examining different aspects of the proposed food security legislation, including the number of eligible households and the monthly quantity.
Mr Rangarajan said if APL families are included in the food security scheme, total foodgrains requirement would amount to 50 million tonnes.
"This is feasible in the context of procurement in the recent years, which has been in the range of 55-59 million tonnes," he said.
Mr Rangarajan also said that the other approach to food security was to focus attention exclusively on the BPL families, though there are disputes regarding the number of BPL families.
Yet another solution could be that the surplus foodgrains after meeting the requirement of the BPL families can be given to the APL households.
"Those who are in favour of the universal PDS feel that the distinction between BPL and APL at the margin is very thin and therefore, we should cover all households," Mr Rangarajan said.
Ultimately, the answer to real food security to all lies in increasing farm productivity, he added.