Saturday, 2 July, 2022
TopicIndian middle class

Topic: Indian middle class

Rajkumar Hirani is Bollywood’s ‘middle-class reformer’, making us swallow the hard pill

Rajkumar Hirani is Bollywood's Shri Shri of feel-good keywords — from 'jadu ki jhappi' to 'aall izz well'.

‘Wagle ki Duniya’, the lovable, comical hit DD show that captured 80’s Indian middle class

Based on characters originally created by noted cartoonist R.K. Laxman, the 13-episode show 'Wagle ki Duniya' aired on DD National from 1988-1990. A reboot of the show aired earlier this month.

Farmers’ protest shows Modi’s politics is caught between India’s two middle classes

The agricultural reforms push had all the features and sensibilities of Modi’s distinctive middle-class politics of aspiration. But he seems to have misjudged the popular mood.

Modi is now using India’s market size as a strategic weapon, like China has done for long

Self-reliance plan is hitting China where it hurts, while Trump has stood by India despite trade irritants & oil exporters have honoured Modi to keep him happy.

Dilemma of the Indian middle class — dependent on ‘didis’ but can’t welcome them too soon

Indian middle class fears for their safety during the Covid crisis but that is in conflict with their dependence on domestic workers.

Why India’s wealthy happily donate to god and govt but loathe helping needy and poor

Be it Amitabh Bachchan or Virat Kohli, India’s rich and famous are quick to lecture or follow PM Modi’s diktat. But selfless charity is missing among most Indians.

India’s rich are passing coronavirus to the poor, but not offering monetary help

Be it Akshay Kumar or Anurag Kashyap, Ambanis or Adanis, India's wealthy have yet to open their hearts, let alone their purse, in times of coronavirus.

Here’s how India’s middle class forces a Right-wing Modi govt to stay economically Left

Indian middle class’ fetish for a nanny state compels govt intervention in managing prices. This keeps both crony capitalists and voters happy.

Why India’s middle classes are Modi’s ‘Muslims’

PM Modi is transferring wealth from the middle class to the poor, because the middle class will anyway vote BJP for nationalism & dislike of Muslims.

Has Budget taken middle-class for granted because Modi assumes they will anyway vote for BJP?

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday presented the maiden Budget of the second Narendra Modi government.

On Camera

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Kanhaiya Lal Teli’s body being taken for last rites in Udaipur on 29 June 2022 | Photo: ThePrint | Manisha Mondal

India’s blasphemy beheadings have a new audience—and they’re sitting behind smartphones

Videos on social media have become a key feature of blasphemy killings. Each inspires communal competitors to stage a more macabre act of revenge.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.

Defence

The Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator | Photo: DRDO

‘Major milestone’: India conducts maiden flight of unmanned aircraft demonstrator

DRDO calls flight a significant step towards self-reliance in defence technologies; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauds achievement, says ‘it paves way for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in critical military systems’.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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