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Propertyless? IN 'Emergence of the Intelligentsia as a Ruling Class in India' (January 21) Ashok Rudra asks: "how does the intelligentsia, without any property base, become a ruling class?" (emphasis added). This crucial question is not answered satisfactorily either by himself, or in the next article by Beteille. Bardhan, in the article following, comes close but doesn't quite put his finger on it.

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