You may suspect that you have moved up the social rungs if you do not know anyone who has made it to the Indian Institutes of Technology this year, or to the Indian Administrative Service. Once, this hypothesis was true only if you did not know a national-grade athlete personally, or a person who can bowl faster than 130 kilometres per hour, or a politician. There are some obvious reasons why this is so, but the most influential is not that apparent.
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