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..in line with our mission of making information universally accessible, we're now offering an easier way to search in 14 Indian and South Asian languages. You don't need a special keyboard or software; all you need is a web browser, a mouse, and a Unicode font for your language. So whether you speak Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, or Telugu, we can help you find content on the web in your language. To get started, add one or more of these iGoogle gadgets to your personalized iGoogle home page. You can use these gadgets to compose queries, and ask Google to search the vast Internet in your very own language.
Google Makes Search Easier in 14 Indian & South Asian Languages [googleblog.blogspot.com]
In India about 700 million people don't speak English. Of the "English speaking" population (about 300 million plus), there is a sizable chunk that finds it easier in their native tongue. Google has just opened up a big, a very big opportunity for itself. Now their rivals will start "catching-up action" as usual.
Indonesia <> India :)
In fact, Austria:Australia::India:Indonesia
Ok, maybe not that far off, but you get the drift.
The same applies for the websites - there are more weblogs than there are non-weblog-regular kind of sites in Indian languages. It seems like the passengers decided to drive the bus themselves when they saw the driver not being around.
Keyboards and printers in Indian languages are not available, so local language search will not take off soon
Printers should not be an issue at all. A cheap modern ink-jet printer can print anything. Language won't be an issue for them. You just need the right fonts and language packs on your PC for that to work.