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Ram-Prasad is right to point out the Indian middle-class apathy towards politics and the poor. But what about the politicians?

By Dhiraj Nayyar   October 2007

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad’s insightful piece flags two major failings of the Indian middle class—apathy towards politics, and towards the poor. I wish to add an analysis of India’s political class, which plays a critical role in promoting these twin apathies.

Politicians in India are not known for setting the bar high when it comes to competence. However, the farcical election for the Indian presidential election this July provides an ideal example of all that is wrong with the political class. India’s president is elected by an electoral college of federal and provincial legislators. The ruling alliance, led by the Indian National…

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