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The Rising Force: How India’s Middle Class is Reshaping Politics – A Leftist Rant Exposed

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India’s middle class is an influential socioeconomic segment that plays a pivotal role in reshaping India’s political landscape. This substantial segment of India’s population has scared the Leftists and Liberals. The middle class in India wields considerable economic power and holds diverse aspirations. Over the years, this dynamic group has transformed from a passive spectator to an active participant in the political process. This segment honors traditions, religions, culture, and local bonds in the community above the needs of daily sustenance.

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The increased engagement in political spheres by Indians in the middle-class segment has pushed the Leftists, like Rajdeep Sardesai, into an angry rant against them on public platforms. Opposition attaches labels like orthodox and communal to this increasingly aware segment of Indian society. Their potential to influence policy decisions, impact politics, and choose models of governance that resonate with their beliefs continues to scare the opposition and its paid analysts.

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Rise of India’s Middle Class

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The middle class in India has experienced remarkable growth in recent decades. Factors such as economic liberalization, rising education levels, urbanization, and technological advancements have propelled it to the forefront of society. Pew Research Center states that India’s middle class will expand from 31% in 2021 to 61% in 2046. This growing segment signifies increased socio-economic mobility and aspirations of millions of Indians striving for a better quality of life.

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India’s middle class encompasses a range of income groups, from lower-middle-class individuals striving for necessities to upper-middle-class citizens seeking luxury and comfort.

Nevertheless, what unites them is the shared desire for improved quality of life, access to better healthcare, quality education, housing, and employment opportunities. They also hold the bastion of cultural propagation, proud traditions, and religious identity.

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Political Impact of India’s Middle Class

Historically, the middle class in India was seen as politically disengaged and indifferent to electoral processes. They were perceived as desensitized to the power struggles in the nation. However, with the expansion of education and exposure to global ideas, the middle class has become politically aware and discerning. The Election Commission of India states that in urban constituencies the middle class voter turnout has steadily increased over the years. In the 2019 general elections, urban voter turnout reached 60.76%, marking a noticeable increase compared to previous years.

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The rise of social media and digital platforms has further empowered the middle class to express its views on public platforms to hold politicians accountable for their actions. The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies survey states that 51% of urban middle-class respondents use social media as a primary source of political news. Social media enables real-time discussions on political developments, policy matters, and government actions. Therefore, social media platforms help the middle-class influence public opinion and drive political narratives.

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Political Activism in India’s Middle Class

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The middle class’s heightened political consciousness has manifested in various protest movements and activism. The middle class has organized demonstrations, online campaigns, and public rallies to voice their dissent when required. An example of this is the anti-corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare in 2011, which demanded the implementation of the Jan Lokpal Bill by the UPA government.

The traditional and religious mindset of the increasing middle-class segment of India scares the Leftists and Liberals. The middle-class votes cannot be bought. They must be convinced down to the grassroots level welfare of the people of India. The policies, projects, and honesty drive their opinion. Their religions and traditions are held high in their hearts.

Ignorant Leftist Rant on India’s Middle Class

Recently Rajdeep Sardesai was observed ranting against the middle class of India. This Lutyens Delhi dweller presents the view that the middle class single-handedly destroyed the democratic fabric of India under the BJP government. Additionally, the rant claims that the Left’s ideology was defeated by the middle class’s orthodox, dogmatic approach to religious identity in India. His comments would be amusing if they did not show his absolute contempt for the powerhouse behind India’s development. 

The conversation by such individuals sheds light on how they plan to exploit the emotions of this segment. They want to drive the narrative that only repressive, communal ideologies vote for PM Modi and BJP. Moreover, the opposition’s victory in states like Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh on ‘freebies’ and appeasement politics display their ability to nullify the needs of the middle class by propping up the other segments of society.  

Conclusion

India’s middle class has emerged as a significant force that reshapes the political agenda of the nation. Its influence on the political narrative is undeniable. Thus, comments and pushback against this large section of India’s society are like poking a sleeping dragon. The Leftists and Liberals will not like the results of the awakened and agitated middle class of India. As the middle class continues to evolve, its impact on India’s political and socioeconomic fabric will undoubtedly remain substantial. Therefore, the political parties should strike a balance between addressing the needs and aspirations of the middle class to win elections. Additionally, suppressing and insulting this category with long-term memories is most likely to burn the bridges permanently for leaders and analysts. Thus, India’s middle class will steer the nation towards the correct narrative and sustainable development.

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