It’s a question many Indians are asking themselves as they struggle to make ends meet amid the global economic crisis.
And it’s a topic that’s made headlines across the world this week, including in the United States, where the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced a $2 billion loan to some Indian textile makers.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) has estimated that there are as many as 1.5 billion factory workers in India.
But that number is likely to be much higher because of the country’s rigid labour laws, which are often used to prevent foreign companies from entering the country.
While India’s textile industry has been growing steadily over the last decade, its manufacturing output is now down about 20% year-on-year, according to the World Bank.
Indian textile production is also highly concentrated in cities and towns.
This means the country is often the target of attacks from foreign countries seeking to take advantage of the global slowdown.
“There are many factors that are influencing Indian textile production,” said V. Sudarshan, an economist at Tata Consultancy Services, a consultancy in Mumbai.
But he added that many factors also played a role.
“Some countries that have a lot of manufacturing jobs in India, have very weak manufacturing performance, and that has contributed to the poor performance,” he said.
The textile sector has traditionally been a sector dominated by private-sector manufacturing, which is concentrated in small, highly developed cities.
Many of these cities have long been home to textile manufacturers, and there’s a lot at stake for India, which has long been a manufacturing power in Asia.
Over the last five years, the textile industry in India has grown by about 60% in size and output, with factories in Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore now accounting for almost a quarter of total output, according a World Bank report released in April.
But manufacturing in India is not a sustainable business model for India.
And while there are many signs of improvement, manufacturing firms in India face a number of obstacles, from the country being one of the worst places to invest to the country also having the lowest share of women in its workforce.
In some ways, India’s success in manufacturing is tied to its economy, which remains in the global downturn.
India’s GDP is estimated to be $11.4 trillion, and the government has already slashed its planned fiscal deficit to 6.5% of GDP.
And the country has a large number of unemployed people.
But a slowdown in India’s manufacturing industry has hit other sectors hard, including those that make clothing and other garments, which account for about 25% of the sector’s revenue.
According to a report by the International Labour Organization, there are some 400,000 textile manufacturing jobs at risk of being lost as the global recession continues.
The ILO estimates that in 2019, there could be as many textile manufacturing workers in the world as there are people living with cancer.
The slowdown is also having a negative impact on the apparel industry, which relies heavily on international trade to make up for lost domestic production.
The garment industry employs more than a million people across the globe, with India accounting for more than 10% of its global workforce, according the ILO.
As of May, textile manufacturers in India accounted for almost 60% of all apparel imports, according TOI.
In addition to textile manufacturing, many other industries, including health care, education, and retail, have been hit by the global financial crisis.
A study by the McKinsey Global Institute, a private-equity consultancy in New York, estimated that the textile sector is now at risk for an 18% decline in its output by 2019, due to the impact of the slowdown.
That number is expected to rise to 30% by 2027.
The textile industry also has a complex relationship with the government, which requires it to invest in infrastructure, but in many cases, it’s just a cash cow.
Industry officials say the country spends less on the health and education systems of its workers than other developing countries, which means they face a huge burden of disease.
They also complain that India has been slow to tackle the issue of sex-based violence, and is not investing enough in sexual health programs.
“I believe the government can improve the performance of textile production, but the industry has to get better in all aspects,” said Dinesh Gupta, a textile expert and former textile consultant to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.