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Powell: Advertisements by Ford India raise uncomfortable questions about attitudes toward women in India

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, arrives at

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Marketing depends upon understanding cultural perspectives to engage consumers, so when advertisements created to sell cars in India depict women bound and gagged, it can only be assumed that the ads were designed with audience in mind.

This is what's most alarming about the proposed Ford Figo ads floating around on the Web.

One ad, which is a caricature of sorts, shows former Italian...

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