Whenever I meet a global "youth" brand for discussion over their plan-d-India, a “blunt” question is being asked : “Is there any “indigenous” subculture/ youth culture/ unique counter culture in India?”…I know, its easy to ride over the “flow” of youth culture to make it “cool” and this is how many brands succeeded in west…but fortunately/ unfortunately, in India, we don’t have any “indigenous” subculture/ style culture which is deeply rooted among youth (other than the superficial visual elements, which emerges as fads and vanishes faster...for example, appearing as “Goth” by wearing black without knowing what is gothism!)…
Any [youth]subculture, is a result of “revolution” against one or many social systems (punk, hippies, zooties, skinheads, hiphop…) and the expression of revolution are shown as “visual elements” through fashion/ style/ music/ literature/ attitude/ promotion of opinion among the like minded peer groups (across the intra or inter demography) …no subculture ever emerges to be “cool” but to be “authentic” and different from the “rest of craps”…finally, by the “conspiracy of system”, when an authentic youth subculture becomes “cool” among mass, the so called “loose crap tadpoles” (they, who r not rooted to a sub cultural belief, system, rules and regulations etc.) join in and finally sends a subculture into “hibernation”, hence ensuring a “visual death of the same”…. the brands immediately move to another subculture to make it “cool” to ride on that flow! That’s the basic system of “promotion” of “youth oriented products” around the world….this system somehow doesn’t work in India!
Lets discuss, what is India, what are the “values” of being youth in India…their priorities, preferences, “boundaries”…and how they break it to be unique.
(will be continued…)