the September issue ..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.
Ram-Prasad argues that although "there are now effective movements of marginalised groups and opportunistic social coalitions in many states", until the middle class begins to engage politically, India will suffer from a lop-sided modernisation.
It's an interesting read. I attach a PDF version. Also worth reading are the comments on the weblog post cited above.