Retributions | The Great Indian Middle Class Awakening

And the pit-falls ahead 

In my column in The Wall Street Journal, I examine the recent protests against the brutal rape-cum murder of a medical student in New Delhi,

So it’s worth paying attention when this important section of society realizes it has a stake in the state’s performance. Some of this was apparent in the anticorruption movement that began in late 2010, when activist Anna Hazaretapped into the middle class’s frustrations about pervasive corruption.

Last month’s incident in Delhi is perhaps a bigger moment. Housewives and office-goers understand that while they may be secure in their homes and offices, they still require a strong and accountable police force to protect them on the streets. The recent protests underline that India needs a strong but limited state, an entity which does fewer things but does them well. [link]

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