January 31, 2013
Why Indian Jingoism Is Rising
Tridivesh Singh Maini, East Asia Forum
India can take pride in its strong and vigilant middle class, which has lent active support to social campaigns against issues such as corruption.
Only a few weeks ago, India’s youth and sections of the middle class took to the streets when the government reacted in an extremely insensitive manner to the rape of a 23-year-old medical student. The protesters braved the lathis (truncheons/sticks) of the Delhi police to demand improvement in women’s rights. The fact that the emerging middle class is losing patience with the nonchalant approach of the ruling classes to India’s problems is a positive sign.