Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Topic: middle class

Bajrang Dal volunteers | SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/GettyImages

As BJP’s Hindutva grew, India’s pleasure-seeking middle classes looked away

It is futile for liberals to look for political space in this middle class – Gandhi and Nehru are, for them, just names from a lost world.
A woman's hand with bangles

India maybe revolutionising, but when it comes to marriage, ‘middle-class morality’ wins

Author Flock says Indian middle class wants to push boundaries while maintaining a certain status.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

PM Modi will meet his fall in the same middle class that voted him to power

Ironically, it was the same aspirant middle class with materialistic ambitions that had welcomed Dr Singh in 1991, but grew tired of him by 2014.

India has to grow at 8% for 30 years to achieve middle class status

The global middle class is typically defined as having daily consumption expenditure levels of above $10 (in terms of PPP), which is almost Rs 650.
graphic with Arun Jaitley and Bombay Stock ex building

Middle of Nowhere Class: When just 2.56% pay 100% of India’s income tax & govt wants more

Governments treat the middle classes rudely and squeeze taxes out of them as they are the usual suspects – without lobbies or electoral power.

The great Indian middle class, in charts

Three economists, Neelanjan Sircar, Devesh Kapur, and Milan Vaishnav went around India asking: 'Do you call yourself middle class?'
A pub in Mumbai

Three economists went around India asking: do you call yourself middle class?

The emergence of the Indian middle class has received much attention, but there’s no one authoritative way of defining what it means to be ‘middle class’.
Representative image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg News

What Surjit Bhalla got wrong about our study on spatial inequality in India

Three richest states in India are three times as rich as three poorest, which is why we can't ignore spatial inequality.

Devastating Kerala floods: National indifference or political partisanship?

Heavy rain hit Kerala on 8 August leading to floods that have affected 443 villages. By Friday, the death toll rose to 177. The Centre announced a relatively...