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Contemporary India by Praveen Priyadarshi, Neera Chandhoke

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The Explosion of the ‘Middle Class’

Sujit Mahapatra

Suddenly, the middle class is everywhere, whether it is the newspapers, or social commentaries or the television. The Indian midle class is a category often used by both experts and common persons. The focus on the middle class in popular discourse is partly explained by the fact that its rise is considered the most striking feature of contemporary India. Gurcharan Das, an icon of corporate India and a prominent newspaper columnist, celebrates the unleashing of this middle class in his book India Unbound. This new, young and dynamic middle class has, according to Das, led to ‘the biggest transformation in its (India’s) history’ and he says that he feels the same excitement his parents had ...

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