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Prospect’s new issue—India’s middle-class failure

By Tom Nuttall  

cover-sep-large.gifThe September issue of Prospect, out today, marks the 60th anniversary of Indian independence by asking an uncomfortable question of India’s new middle class—why is it so uninterested in politics and social justice? In our cover story, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad argues that aspects of India’s history and culture have helped shape a middle class—easiest the biggest in the world—that is largely apathetic about politics and the 300m Indians living in extreme poverty.

One reason for the introversion of India’s middle class, argues Ram-Prasad, arises from the great achievement of India: democracy. Whereas fighting for…

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