Rural India – An Emerging Powerhouse 24. July 2012 Rahul indian economy (0) Harish Manwani, CEO of Hindustan Unilever gave a speech at the company's annual meeting titled Rural India - An Emerging Powerhouse (http://tinyurl.com/d9y3yv7). The speech is a must read for anyone following or investing in India. Rural India is truly in the midst of a major transformation. Things like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), increased minimum support prices for crops and better telecom and road connectivity have irreversibly changed rural India. It has been empowered and unleashed. It is now on a trajectory of its own and is creating tremendous opportunities in its wake.