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Contrary to Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad's argument, it's not at all clear that India's middle class is politically unengaged. And who are they anyway?

By Ashish Bhatt   October 2007

If, as Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad says, “Everything and its opposite is true in India,” then this must be the case too with his article. I find myself questioning his central assumption about the lack of political engagement in a polity as diverse as India, where levels of voter registration, turnout and political discourse put many established democracies to shame. I would love to see some comparative figures. Where is the evidence for this lack of engagement? Don’t we in the west wring our hands about levels of political apathy and disengagement too? Isn’t the perceived disconnect between politics and people supposed…

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