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Reply to Ram-Prasad 2

India's middle class still has to abide by the state's rules. Yet there is a danger that they will find ways to completely extricate themselves

By Yasmin Khan   October 2007

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad’s article on the Indian middle classes is important. There is a danger that the hype about India’s economic rise will begin to obscure the social and economic problems that still affect most Indians. Selective use of figures can distort or mask the realities of acute poverty. The widening gulf between rich and poor in India is made ever more obvious by the conspicuous consumption of western designer goods. All this is reinforced by historic patterns of development, which have skewed certain aspects of India in favour of the better off—the development of higher education at the expense of…

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