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What Does It Mean To Be 'Middle-Class'?
Feb 28, 2017

I thought I knew what middle class meant.

I took it to mean most of working India - not people working as domestic help, or in the informal sector - but just about everyone else: salaried professionals, businessman, and now entrepreneurs.

And had you asked me how many Indians made up the middle class, I'd have guessed it was at least 50%. And I would have guessed it was an 'income-related' categorisation.

But then I read some research that said about 50% of Indians self-classify as middle class no matter what income category they fall in.

From the lowest income group to the highest - half the Indians think of themselves as 'middle class'. Or from a 'middle class family'.

So I wrote to ask readers if they thought they were in the middle-class - and how they defined middle class.

As you can imagine - because there is no clear definition or income bracket to support this definition - I received an array of responses.

There was the usual set of 'roti, kapda, makan' responses:

Like Anil K who said: Enough to eat, a decent shelter and no shortage of clothes.

To a set of responses about spending:

Such as NK Patet's straight answer: Anybody who has to think twice about cost before buying his favourite shoe is middle class.

But as I read the over 30 answers I got, here's what really struck me.

Most of the answers revolve around 'worries.'

Here are some worries readers brought up that characterise the middle class...

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