A few months ago, Uber Eats beat a hasty retreat from India. In a sense, it was the last of the Mohicans. A cohort of foreign food delivery startups that hungrily eyed India as their next big market but discovered that making headway in this space, much less winning it, was too big a challenge.

The  of Uber Eats’ Indian business to Zomato, in an all-stock deal, saw the Indian food delivery space settle into what seemed like an impenetrable Swiggy-Zomato duopoly.