India’s virtual middle class : Thomas L. Friedman

Feb 05 2013, 09:38 IST
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SummaryThanks to technology like mobile phone, a new, aspiring political community has emerged.

they publicly demanded the resignation of the censor and China’s Twitter, Weibo, lit up with anger.” And, of course, the Arab Awakening was triggered, not by middle-class college students, but by an aspiring-to-be-in-the-middle-class Tunisian vegetable seller who was abused by corrupt police. Leaders beware: your people don’t need to be in the middle class any more, in economic terms, to have the education, tools and mindset of the middle class — to feel entitled to a two-way conversation and to be treated like citizens with real rights and decent governance.

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