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Can Lady Gaga crack India?

26 Jun

And,  perhaps more significantly, should she even try?

The BBC reported last week that the American singer has set her sights on cracking India’s lucrative music market, suggesting that:

“With her choreographed routines, colourful costumes and catchy tunes, she has many trademark Bollywood characteristics … With a growing economy, and a population of more 700 million people under the age of 30, India’s rising middle classes have more money to spend. Bollywood music is still the most popular genre, which might explain why, as part of her mission, Lady Gaga has remixed a number of her songs to give them a more Indian flavour.”

I would love to hear the Indian-influenced remixes of Judas and Born This Way,  which have reportedly been tweaked by American-Indian music company Desi Hits – but I can’t get past the sense that Lady Gaga’s primary USP is her appearance and her outrageous stage outfits.  She’s not just about the music – she’s about theatre and pageantry.

And dresses made of meat … in a country where 80% of the population are “pure veg” Hindus?

Good luck, Gaga!

India: 4th worst place in the world for women to live

16 Jun

A new survey has named Afghanistan the worst place in the world for women to live; Congo, Pakistan and Somalia also fail females, with rape, poverty and infanticide rife.

The survey has been compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to mark the launch of a website, TrustLaw Woman, aimed at providing free legal advice for women’s groups around the world.

The Guardian reports that: “… the appearance of India, a country rapidly developing into an economic super-power, was unexpected. It is ranked as extremely hazardous because of the subcontinent’s high level of female infanticide and sex trafficking.”

The article continues:

India is the fourth most dangerous country. “India’s central bureau of investigation estimated that in 2009 about 90% of trafficking took place within the country and that there were some 3 million prostitutes, of which about 40% were children,” the survey found.

Forced marriage and forced labour trafficking add to the dangers for women. “Up to 50 million girls are thought to be ‘missing’ over the past century due to female infanticide and foeticide,”, the UN population fund says, because parents prefer to have young boys rather than girls.