FDI in Multi-Brand Retailing: Economic Compulsions or Political Gains?

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Amidst growing political opposition to allow FDI in multi-brand retailing, the central government made a hasty retreat. It is inferred that the government has not dropped FDI in multi-brand retail from its policy agenda, but may be bidding time for better political environment. The move assumes significance in the event of Assembly Elections in some states. This paper offers a SWOC analysis of FDI in multi-brand retailing.