3 min read.Updated: 28 Nov 2017, 03:52 AM ISTLivemint
It is risky to underestimate the persistence of social divisions in a country with historical caste issues on the one hand and rising income inequality on the other
The British Labour Party politician John Prescott, who later became deputy prime minister to Tony Blair, had famously claimed during the campaign that preceded the 1997 election in his country: “We are all middle class now." He was promoting the idea that the old social boundaries had blurred in the age of mass affluence. The type of work a British citizen did was no longer a predictor of his income or social status or voting preferences.