Big Retailers Face Resistance in India

Fellows Spring 2012

By Christopher Werth

September 19, 2012

Also aired on PRI's The World

Busy shopping street in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Photo: McKay Savage

India is bracing for nationwide strikes on Thursday.

Many stores will close to protest the Indian government’s decision to open the country to big Western retailers like Wal-Mart.

Indian leaders tried to do this last year, but backtracked after fierce opposition. Reporter Christopher Werth has more.