India Country Manual

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary (Group) 1

Geographical Setting (David Castagne) 2

Significant Historical Events (David Castagne) 4

Current Issues (David Castagne) 8

Population, Race, Ethnicity, Languages (David Castagne) 9

The Political and Legal Environment (Rolando Ochoa) 10

Ethics, Decision Making, and Corruption (Jessica Smith) 14

Economics of the Country (Rolando Ochoa) 16

Living Conditions (Emily Ball) 17

Religion (Rolando Ochoa) 19

Education (Emily Ball) 21

Dynamics of the Indian Family (Emily Ball) 23

Culture, Norms, Values (Emily Ball) 25

Business & Social Etiquette (Jessica Smith) 29

Communication Styles (Emily Ball) 35

Communication Systems and Technology (Emily Ball) 36

Negotiations (David Castagne) 37

Motivation (Jessica Smith) 39

HRM Practices (Jessica Smith) 42

Transportation (Rolando Ochoa) 44

Family Issues (Rolando Ochoa) 45

Conclusion (Group) 47

Citations 48



The following report has been constructed to aid our employees who will become expatriates working in Bangalore, India. The aim of this manual is to familiarize the employee with basic information regarding India's history, geographical information, living conditions, cultural norms and values, politics and business practices.

Key areas to know include the political and legal environment, cultural norms, business and social etiquette, communication, business negotiations, and family concerns.

India is a secular, democratic republic made up of several states and union territories. India has the largest democracy in the world and the most extensive constitution. India has a three tier judiciary system based on English Common Law.

When considering business etiquette it is important to remember that respecting personal space is the key to Indian culture. It is also important to use formal greetings when meeting in public, business or social settings.

English is a widely accepted language in India, particularly in the business environment. In Bangalore, other widely spoken languages are Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.

When negotiating in India...