India is a land of cities, not villages

The difference matters for the lives of millions of its citizens

It's an election year in India, with the world's largest polls expected in the spring.

The focus of politicians is, as usual, on farmers and rural areas and competitive pandering to both - hardly surprising in a country that considers itself a nation of villages.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2019, with the headline 'India is a land of cities, not villages'. Print Edition | Subscribe