Asia-Pacific

Feb 6, 2013

Rumblings in middle-class India hit the hungry media

Middle-class India is changing, thanks to the increase of a wide variety of media forms. Dr Sukhmani Khorana examines the social impact of recent game-changing events, including the murder of a female Indian student.

About a decade ago, in an undergraduate class on comparative politics at the University of Adelaide, my lecturer (a South Asia expert) solemnly declared that India has a historically strong civil society.

I was reminded of another thoughtful declaration, by India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, on the eve of the fledgling nation’s independence from British rule in 1947. His words, “while the world sleeps, India awakes to life and freedom” rang through my mind as I contemplated the meaning of “civil society”.

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5 thoughts on “Rumblings in middle-class India hit the hungry media

  1. paddy

    Fascinating stuff Dr SK. Thanks.

  2. AR

    I will watch with interest to see how India manages the dichotomy of the 1-200M strong, english speaking middle classes alonside the ever burgeoning billion mired in obscurantism & caste.
    Although banned decades ago, dowry seeking is tabulated daily in the seeking matrimony pages even of the Time if India.

  3. AR

    ..would be Times of India.

  4. Sukhmani Khorana

    Thanks for the feedback. We will all be watching India’s growth and juggling of conflicting issues with interest.

  5. Roanna Gonsalves

    Fascinating article and interesting analysis of the situation in India. I appreciate the way you highlight the agency of Indians themselves in mobilizing social media for a cause. Thank you so much.

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