Of all the daily injustices that Indian citizens face, the availability of meatballs at Ikea is probably low on their list of concerns.
Bigger problems include the worst slowdown in economic growth for a decade, stubbornly high inflation and, as in so many other countries, a debate over debts and deficits that has divided lawmakers and the country.
Even so, that hasn’t stopped the government’s most senior branches from thumbing through the Ikea catalogue to see which items the Swedish retailer should be allowed to sell in India.
It is not a trivial matter, to be sure. Ikea will be the first major international...