A Kashmiri family travels on a scooter in Srinagar August 13, 2008. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

By Anurag Kotoky and Nivedita Bhattacharjee

About four decades ago, when the world was swinging along with the Beatles and Bob Dylan, India got her first female Prime Minister, and a large part of the Indian middle class drove in the change on the Bajaj scooter, the telling epitome of prosperity then.