In This Powerful And Insightful Critique, The Author Examines The Evolution Of The Indian Middle Class During The Twentieth Century, Especially Since. Pavan K. Varma (born 5 November ) is a former Indian Foreign Service officer and was an As a sequel to The Great Indian Middle Class in , he, in association with journalist Renuka Khandekar, published Maximize Your Life: An . 22 Jun The Great Indian Middle Class By Pavan K. Varma Viking Pages: ; Price: Rs Oxford University Press recently published a few.

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Book review: Pavan K. Varma’s ‘The Great Indian Middle Class’

It is best read as an excerpt, the trailer usually more exciting than the movie. That could change, and the situation will get worse if this strata garners any of the political mileage aspires for. The end product was the acceptance of a certain kind of lifestyle: The subject that is taken is vama and apt. The complete apathy towards the unwashed masses as the nation continues to march down the road I read this book 12 years ago and came across my notes this morning.

Those who are interested in the general books and more so on India, I suggest this book. There is time, we are now living the age of information. I could remember only one phrase that engaged in this tussle – Middle C Watan ki fiker ker naadaan!

Great Indian Middle Class by Pavan K. Varma

You wonder if the great Indian middle class loves anything, even itself. Feb 23, Anil Swarup rated it really liked it. Did the frenzied absorption in worldly pursuits and the overwhelming preoccupation with material acquisitions reduce the role of religion in the middle-class person’s life?

A fascinating insight into the emergence of the In An interesting history of the middle classes in India, showing the post consensus as an unsustainable elite project that needs to be changed if economic growth is to continue in India. The book is perhaps somewhat one-sided and it would be nice if his argumentation was a little more balanced, or maybe it simply is as bad as he is writing.

His first book, Ghalib: The conjuring up of an external threat to the community enabled these vested interests to divert attention away from pressures from the internal restructuring of their communities. Trivia About Great Indian Midd Buying a house, a car, kids educations etc are the monumental clasd ceasing burdens on the shoulders of an individual, hence a person born to middle class planning to go through its age old route would always vqrma when it comes to money.


Interesting arguments and sufficient examples. Though some of the points he makes are valid, but the reasons he ascribes are shallow. The complete apathy towards the unwashed masses as the nation continues to march down the road to become a mere market or aggregation of demands can cause dangerous social upheavals in the future.

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Mar 10, Tanvi Chaturvedi rated it really liked it. The way the subject is treated in vreat book really interesting and thought Reading s non-fiction needs patience as non-fiction tend to describe so much about the topic sometimes making it boring to continue reading.

Another outstanding book from Pavan Varma.

Oxford University Press recently published a few anthologies on Indian politics. I could remember only one phrase that engaged in this tussle – Middle Class.

Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments. But its spot on in singling out the middle class as the biggest dangers to democracy in India. Expectations appeared more vulnerable now Much has been written about the demise of ideals and morals among this strata, and how changing political scenarios only hastened it. Vaibhav Bhasin rated it liked it Sep 14, Vxrma is middle class always stuck in Middle class? If self-interest, a sentiment with which the middle class is not unfamiliar, can jolt it to pause and reassess its strategies for its own benefit in the long run, then several convincing examples can be given to indicate what is the right track.

The author excuses himself in the preface by explaining that he was under a tight deadline from the publisher and enjoyed writing this cllass in a hurry while he spent time at home, hanging out with his children.

All along independent India the middle class could carve out a niche for itself at the cost of destitutes below it, without being a electoral entity, adjusting and benefiting from changing political tides and being the cogs in the machinery of the ruling class.

vafma A good insight, but nothing spectacular. Return to Book Page. Rather opinionated, in keeping with Mr. Apparently this explains why he only had time to cite quotations of other people’s work, including articles he read in the newspaper and quotes from Nehru that he had presumably lying around his study.


How the division of federal powers to state took out much of the control from the hands of Center becomes more and more evident. From Innocence to Insensitiveness After independence the Congress leaders with the support of this class comes to the power. There is nothing wrong with such an approach in purely spiritual terms How does one exorcise Macaulay’s curse? Now the biggest threat that the democracy of the country is facing is the popular contempt of the middle class towards the politics.

Though drained of all the energy they held in their youthful years in pre-independence India they built the machinery, schools, defence, Industries, states, constitutions etc more or less in British structure, which was considered very progressive in those times.

How does one make the middle class rise above itself and graduate into something more than an aggregate of material wants? Instead, one gets a literary double-bubble gum which gets flatter on reading. It accepts a moral relativism which refuses to be straitjacketed by simplistic notions of right and wrong. Varma studied history at St. Brings out internal and external factors which make the middle class what they are today.

As Karan Thapar puts it,”An excoriating critique of the middle class” is the perfect desrciption for this book. A fascinating insight into the emergence of the Indian middle classes, their evolving relationship with the rest of society and the legacy of colonialism. Or has the time come for this class, in its own interests, to move beyond the ‘margins of elite vision’? Focussing on social justice and the way this is now overlooked by the vast majority of middle class Indians in order to satisfy their own increasingly materialistic needs, the book suggests a number of political reforms to ameliorate the position of the poor.

As data, as analyses, as a literary style, these essays are soporific.