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What People are Saying

“A brilliant and dazzling new work from one of India’s leading public intellectuals. This book is strikingly original and engagingly written for the broad audience it deserves.”—N. J. Demerath III, Emile Durkheim Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Dipankar Gupta combines the roles of scholar, investigative reporter, and responsible citizen to analyze the context and constraints of India’s growth story. This book is an important wake-up call and needs to be widely read.”—Milton Israel, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

“This provocative and yet balanced perspective is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the impact of economic reform on India society.”—John Echeverri-Gent, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

“[Gupta’s] account of the changing aspirations in rural India, of the way in which caste has changed, the impact of migration and identity, the importance of urban life, is spot on.”—Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi

Chapter List

Preface and Acknowledgements

1. Introduction

2. Connecting the Rich to the Poor

3. Intellectual Capital and Merchant Capital

4. How Merchant Producers Operate

5. The Middle-Class Myth

6. The Hollowed Village

7. Changing Agriculture

8. From Village to Vicinage

9. Normalizing “Caste”

10. Caste Virtuosos Strike Back

11. Blame It on the Nation-State

12. Do We Deserve Our Leaders?

13. Against Rolling Back the State

14. Conclusion

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