It is not surprising then that this huge segment, which sees the newspaper headlines celebrating India and watches the glitz and success of India, feels marginalised and left out of the great Indian transformation. This "other side" of India usually escapes attention. The poor with their mundane lives do not make news. So, it is easy for this segment to slip out from our attention, until something major happens, like a sudden string of farmer suicides. It will be wrong to dismiss these kinds of behaviour as misguided.
Having said this, it has to be pointed out that the connection between growth and poverty is an intricate and widely misunderstood one. Growth is essential to eradicate poverty. But growth is not sufficient. We need deliberate, complementary policies to distribute the spoils of growth wider.