Saturday editions of Mint and Sunday editions of the newly designed Economic Times (ya, ya, I am talking about ET) are a treat to read. Mint carries very in depth articles on Saturdays and I love the ‘numbers oriented’ articles in Sunday ET. Yesterday the center page article in Mint “Angerzi Nation (English Nation)” (article no longer available on livemint.com) was about the non-English speaking population, termed as vernis in India.
I was asked by MXMIndia to give them 5 reasons why the future is regional language on the internet in India. The original text I sent them is below but the presentation in the published article was far better.
Recently the newly launched MXMIndia, a portal for media and marketing fraternity, wanted my thoughts on Indian languages on the internet. Also they wanted the response “now”, don’t all media houses work that way? My response was part of the entire article “Slow and not-yet-steady…“. The text I sent them is below, Read more on Has the Indian language content in the internet space evolved over the years?…
A particular VC has been asking me for a very long time, “Mahesh, what is your take on ecommerce in Indic? Will Indian internet users accept an Indian language ecommerce site?”. I have been giving him my views but I did not have any data to back.
The year 2012 seems to have begun well for the Indic space – print and online media in India have been writing about Indian language space on the internet. Economic Times on Jan 24, 2012 (Republic Day) carried an article titled “Internet’s Next Growth Story to be Scripted in Vernacular Languages” (epaper, scanned version) and “Start-ups Eyeing Non-English Space ” (epaper, scanned version). The author of the article had called me few weeks ago but I wasn’t sure when this article was going to be published. Oneindia.in has been mentioned in the article as we are a major player in the Indian language space.