An attempt to define the participants in Indian politics on the basis of mass survey research. The findings are paradoxical and disquieting: city people, the more highly educated, professionals, the more affluent, and the younger are more likely to be interested in politics; but are not more likely to vote or to attend meetings. Thus the most "modern" members of the population are the most apathetic and disillusioned. Surely this conclusion is related to the state of Indian democracy.
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