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GURCHARAN DAS

NEWS + ANALYSIS

MODI AND MIDDLE-CLASS DIGNITY

June 5, 2014 | by Gurcharan Das

If Indians won their political freedom in August 1947 and their economic freedom in July 1991, they attained dignity in May 2014. This is the significance of Narendra Modi’s landslide victory. The hopes and dreams of an aspiring new middle class have been affirmed for the first time in India’s history. Modi has made millions believe that their future is open, not predetermined, and can be altered by their own actions. In a fine book, Bourgeois Dignity, Deirdre McCloskey explains that the same thing happened during the great transformation of the West in the 19th and early 20th centuries when the industrial revolution created a middle class that changed the master narrative of western societies.

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