Special Letter: Can India Look After Itself?
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Sixty-four years after India's independence in 1947, middle-class Indians are gripped by fears about the future. No, it is not the pathetic performance of the Indian cricket team in England this summer that is the cause - though that rankles. Instead, blindsided by one disclosure after another of massive corruption over the past two years, and facing an economic environment characterized by high inflation (about 10 percent) throughout the past year), Indians' confidence about the future has fallen rapidly.