The Hindu has released the findings of a survey on the aspirations and anxieties of ordinary Indians. The “Lok Surveys" is the latest round of a multi-year panel study sponsored by the Lok Foundation and carried out in collaboration with the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
In Part 1 of this series, “Being Middle Class in India”, they ask - Is the middle class anything more than simply a large group whose income makes it neither rich nor poor? And is the disparity in the middle class, especially in income, education and cultural and social capital, so wide as to render moot any ideological or behavioural coherence to this group? Read more about the results of this survey here.
The article says-
"... nearly half (49 per cent) of all survey respondents believed their family is a middle class family. There was, as one would expect, great variation in responses across states... 47 per cent of lower middle-income respondents self-identified as “middle class”, while half of middle income and 54 per cent of upper middle-income respondents did so. Expectedly this declined to 48 per cent for those in the highest income bracket. Most surprising 45 per cent of those who were in the lowest income bracket self-identify as middle class, barely 3 per cent less than the richest income group..."