The Great Indian Middle Class

Author: Pavan K. Varma
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 9780143103257
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The Great Indian Middle Class. [An] Erudite, Thoughtful, Perceptive And Elegantly Written Study -Hindustan Times In This Powerful And Insightful Critique, The Author Examines The Evolution Of The Indian Middle Class During The Twentieth Century, Especially Since Independence. He Shows Us How The Middle Class, Guided By Self-Interest, Is Becoming Increasingly Insensitive To The Plight Of The Underprivileged, And How Economic Liberalization Has Only Heightened Its Tendency To Withdraw From Anything That Does Not Relate Directly To Its Material Well-Being. An Essential Read, This Fresh Edition Updated With A New Introduction Analyses The Transformation Of The Middle Class In The Decade Since 1997 And Seeks To Reconcile The Seemingly Dichotomous Aspects Of Our Economy And Polity.

Maximize Your Life

Author: Pavan K. Varma
ISBN: 9780670888948
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Maximize Your Life. In This First-Of-Its-Kind Book, Pavan K. Varma, Author Of The Best-Selling The Great Indian Middle Class, Teams Up With Journalist Renuka Khandekar To Show Its Why And How The Middle Class Should Engage In The Process Of National Development. Among The Problems And Possible Solutions That They Deal With Are: Inefficiency And Callousness In Public Institutions And What We Must Do To Make Them More Accountable How To Fight Corruption And Injustice Through The Judicial System And The Press How Small Acts Of Involvement Like Making One Person Functionally Literate Can Make A Difference How To Support Or Link Up With Existing Non-Government Organizations Or Set Up One Ourselves. The Author Gives Us Inspiring Profiles Of Ordinary People Who Have Made A Difference.

Becoming Indian

Author: Pavan K. Varma
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 0670083461
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Becoming Indian. Those who have never been colonized can never really know what it does to the psyche of a people. Those who have been are often not fully aware of or are unwilling to accept the degree to which they have been compromised. Till just a few decades ago, much of the world was carved into empires. By the mid twentieth century independent countries had emerged from these, but even after years of political liberation, cultural freedom has eluded formerly colonized nations like India. In this important book, Pavan Varma, best-selling author of the seminal works The Great Indian Middle Class and Being Indian, looks at the consequences of Empire on the Indian psyche. Drawing upon modern Indian history, contemporary events and personal experience, he examines how and why the legacies of colonialism persist in our everyday life, affecting our language, politics, creative expression and self-image. Over six decades after Independence, English remains the most powerful language in India, and has become a means of social and economic exclusion. Our classical arts and literature continue to be neglected, and our popular culture is mindlessly imitative of western trends. Our cities are dotted with incongruous buildings that owe nothing to indigenous traditions of architecture. For all our bravado as an emerging superpower, we remain unnaturally sensitive to both criticism and praise from the Anglo-Saxon world and hunger for its approval. And outside North Block, the headquarters of free India's Ministry of Home Affairs, a visitor can still read these lines inscribed by the colonial rulers: Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty. It is a blessing which must be earned before it can be enjoyed.

The Great Indian Family

Author: Gitanjali Prasad
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The Great Indian Family. Examines the concept of family among middle class Indians.

India S New Middle Class

Author: Leela Fernandes
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
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India S New Middle Class. Today India’s middle class numbers more than 250 million people and is growing rapidly. Public reports have focused mainly on the emerging group’s consumer potential, while global views of India’s new economy range from excitement about market prospects to anxieties over outsourcing of service sector jobs. Yet the consequences of India’s economic liberalization and the expansion of the middle class have transformed Indian culture and politics. In India’s New Middle Class, Leela Fernandes digs into the implications of this growth and uncovers—in the media, in electoral politics, and on the streets of urban neighborhoods—the complex politics of caste, religion, and gender that shape this rising population. Using rich ethnographic data, she reveals how the middle class represents the political construction of a social group and how it operates as a proponent of economic democratization. Delineating the tension between consumer culture and outsourcing, Fernandes also examines the roots of India’s middle class and its employment patterns, including shifting skill sets and labor market restructuring. Through this close look at the country’s recent history and reforms, Fernandes develops an original theoretical approach to the nature of politics and class formation in an era of globalization. In this sophisticated analysis of the dynamics of an economic and political group in the making, Fernandes moves beyond reductionist images of India’s new middle class to bring to light the group’s social complexity and profound influence on politics in India and beyond. Leela Fernandes is associate professor of political science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

The Indian Rennaissance

Author: Sanjeev Sanyal
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9385890301
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The Indian Rennaissance. One thousand years ago, India was at the height of its power, influencing the world with its ideas and trade. Now, ten centuries later, India’s recent economic performance is once again attracting world attention as the country re-awakens not just as an economy but as a civilization. In The Indian Renaissance: India’s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline, Sanjeev Sanyal looks at the processes that led to ten centuries of decline. He also examines the powerful economic and social forces that are working together to transform India beyond recognition. These range from demographic shifts to rising literacy levels and, the most important revolution, the opening of minds and changed attitude towards innovation and risk—fundamental, if India is to take advantage of the twenty-first century.


Author: Pavan K. Varma
ISBN: 9783426645710
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Der Wei E Tiger

Author: Aravind Adiga
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406622542
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Der Wei E Tiger. Balram Halwai ist ein ungewöhnlicher Ich-Erzähler: Diener, Philosoph, Unternehmer, Mörder. In diesem Roman erzählt er uns die schreckliche und zugleich faszinierende Geschichte seines Erfolges. Balram – der «weiße Tiger» – kommt aus einem Dorf im Herzen Indiens. Er sieht, wie seinesgleichen, die Diener, aber auch ihre reichen Herren mit ihrer Jagd nach Alkohol, Geld und Mädchen und Macht den Großen Hühnerkäfig der indischen Gesellschaft in Gang halten. Amoralisch und respektlos, anrührend und absolut zeitnah – «Der weiße Tiger» ist ein aufregendes, provozierendes Debüt, ein Roman, der weltweit Aufsehen erregt.

How India Earns Spends And Saves

Author: Rajesh Shukla
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
ISBN: 8132106016
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How India Earns Spends And Saves. How India Earns, Spends and Saves maps the earning, spending and saving profiles of Indians in the post-liberalisation era. It studies how socio-economic, religious and individual characteristics lead to inequality in the incomes of households. Among other aspects of the problematique, it reveals that while a household’s income is primarily dependent on socio-economic factors (occupation, education and age of its chief earner), its economic prosperity is impacted by factors like its spending and saving levels, sectors of employment of members, state of residence, and so on. The book is based on the results of the National Survey of Household Income and Expenditure (NSHIE) 2004–05, conducted under the aegis of the National Council for Applied Economics Research (NCAER). It not only offers valuable insights for economic analysts, policy makers, development professionals and academics, but the primary data of the survey also offers opportunities for further research.