The Indian Economy Blog

January 22, 2006

Slipsiding Away…

Filed under: Basic Questions,Growth,Politics — Prashant @ 12:41 am

Surjit Bhalla, in a column in the Business Standard, complains about the Indian elite’s theme-du-jour mentality…

There is a distinctive aspect of the Indian elite, an aspect that I have not found replicated in any part of the world. I would appreciate any corrections to this view, and/or support. This peculiarity about the Indian elite is meant to make it appear as a concerned and involved citizen, and one in support of all things good and beautiful—more green, less corruption, and growth in the welfare of the poor and the poorest. This elite is oblivious of the reality that everyone is in favour of such goals—the difference between the two sets of citizens is in the set of policies they advocate.


Shifting sands is the best description of these nomads. First, they said that growth should be pro-poor; once it was shown to be so, they argued for growth with a human face; once it was shown to be so, the demand has shifted to the dire need for “inclusive growth”.

1) Is the Indian elite as unique in its slipperiness and hypocrisy as Bhalla claims?

2) After the cries for inclusive growth are undermined by the facts, what new goalpost will the elite move to?


  1. I would say this happens in any part of the world. For example, among the American left.

    Comment by R-Squared — January 22, 2006 @ 5:19 am

  2. This call for denouncing the “elites” sounds very Bill O’Reilly, and Fox News like!

    Comment by Anup — January 24, 2006 @ 3:34 am

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