Are oboes cherished in India?
There are a number of types of double reed instruments used in India. Among these the kuzhal, nadaswaram, and shehnai have conical bores, and so might be classed as types of oboes. The nadaswaram is considered very auspicious, and is used as weddings.
In top-tier orchestras you usually 4 oboists, though typically one of them is officially the English Horn player. A typical band or orchestra has two to three oboes. It's usually the number of oboes required by a composer in any given piece. A Haydn symphony may require two oboes (or in some of his symphonies: NONE) while a tone-poem by Richard Strauss may require triple WW or more.