New book explores India’s middle class and its untapped potential
Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla Unveils ‘Middle of Diamond India’ by Shashank Mani at Raj Bhavan
Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla released Shashank Mani’s book ‘Middle of Diamond India’ at Raj Bhavan today. The book is a thought-provoking exploration of India’s often-neglected Tier 2 and Tier 3 districts, collectively referred to as the Middle. Mani delves into the rich history, culture, and untapped potential of this segment of society, shedding light on the hidden stories and innovators that have been marginalized due to their location and language.
The book argues that by recognizing and activating the entrepreneurial vitality of those in small towns and districts, India can create meaning for millions of citizens and define a new modernity for itself. Mani draws on his own experiences as the founder of Jagriti Yatra, the world’s largest youth-focused rail journey, to showcase the stories of ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to build a better India.
In his remarks at the book release event, Governor Shukla praised Mani for his work in highlighting the contributions of the middle class and their role in the development of the country. He also emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship in driving economic growth and creating jobs.
Mani, in his response, thanked the Governor for his support and shared his vision for a new India in Amrit Kaal. He stressed the need to move away from a top-down approach to development and empower the Middle to take charge of its own future.
The release of ‘Middle of Diamond India’ is a timely event, coming at a time when India is poised to become the world’s third-largest economy by 2027. The book offers a fresh perspective on the country’s development trajectory and the role that the middle class can play in shaping its future.
Here are some additional details about the book:
- It is divided into 13 chapters, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the middle class.
- The book includes stories and anecdotes from people across India, from entrepreneurs and social workers to farmers and artists.
- Mani also draws on his own research and experiences to provide a comprehensive analysis of the middle class and its role in India’s development.
- The book is written in a clear and engaging style, making it accessible to a wide audience.