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10 Popular ‘Desi’ Brands That You Probably Thought Were Imported

| Published on August 13, 2020

The #VocalforLocal propaganda is being adopted by every Indian, all the more now every day. As we do that, our Make in India initiative is only getting stronger. You might be amazed to know that all these brands you utilise on a daily basis are actually ‘Indian’, despite how ‘firang’ they sound.


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No matter how many women you’ve seen and heard swear by Tetley, this brand is actually Indian and is owned by Tat Global Beverages. It is a hit in the United Kingdom and Canada. How does this new piece of information feel while having your morning cup of tea?

Ssangyong Motors

Although manufactured in Korea, Ssangyong Motors is owned by Mahindra and Mahindra since the year 2011. The two most popular variants of this brand are the Tivoli and Rexton.

Land Rover

This is a British brand, actually owned by Tata Motors since 2008 and is manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover.


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Jaguar is the most popular luxury car brand, owned by Jaguar Land Rover. Even though the headquarters is in England, it is acquired by Tata Motors since 2008.


Havells is a popular electrical appliance brand in India and has been there for several decades. It has got a range of cables, wires and so on.


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Exide is the biggest acid battery, manufacturer in India and ranks as the 4th largest in the world. It is headquartered in Kolkata.


Most people are unaware about the fact that McDowell’s No. 1 is an Indian alcohol owned by United Spirits Limited. It is an affordable alcoholic beverage and is one of the favourite ones consumed by the country.


MRF or Madras Rubber Factory ranks highest as India’s No. 1 rubber tyre manufacturers. The headquarters is in Tamil Nadu and the company was founded in 1946.

Red Chief

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Red Chief is a homegrown brand in the country that sells leather footwear for men. It was founded in 1997.


Pininfarina is associated with a number of luxury car brands like Ferrari, GM, Lancia, Fiat etc, and is acquired by Mahindra & Mahindra since 2015. Once the acquisition took place, Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of the company launched the Batista in 2019.

Source: MensXP

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