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The Rising Global Middle Class

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Dr. Swaruyma Yadav and his friend Nirupma (r.) and Dr. Sumit Shukla (l.) have lunch at Haldiram's, an Indian fast food chain. “Historically, sociologists have defined ‘middle class’ as those with salaries…. I think ‘middle class’ is very much a state of mind” says Sonalde Desai, a sociologist with the National Council of Applied Economic Research in Delhi (NCAER).

PHOTO: Monique Jaques / Special to The Christian Science Monitor

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