Anybody who could show considerable amount of wealth and standing in society was a member of the Bhadralok community.
There is no precise translation of Bhadralok in English, since it attributes economic and class privilege on to caste ascendancy.
A zamindar bearing the title Raja or Maharaja would be considered to be higher than middle class,
but would still be a Bhadralok'gentleman.
Bhadralok(Bengali: ভদ্রলোক bhôdrôlok,
literally'gentleman','well-mannered person') is Bengali for the new class of'gentlefolk' who arose during British colonial times(approximately 1757 to 1947) in Bengal.
Towards the end of the meeting, Basu, in his typical Bhadralok manner, asserted that Calcutta should become
India's first city to have a mobile network.
However, an individual bearing the title Esquire at the end of
the name, denoting a rank just below a Knight, was also considered to be higher than a Bhadralok.
The first identifiable Bhadralok figure is undoubtedly Ram Mohan Roy,
who bridged the gap between the Persianised nobility of the Sultanate era in Bengal and the new, Western-educated, nouveau riche comprador class.
The roots of this present moment can be traced back to the history of Bengali nationalism in the 19th century, when
the anti-colonial struggle became entwined with Hindu revivalist ideologies and the political philosophy of the Bengali Bhadralok.
To be a Bhadralok was to embrace some Western
and Northern European values(though not always the same ones in each case), to have a modicum of education, and a sense of entitlement to(and consequently grievance against) favours or employment from the colonial government.
The two biggest factors that led to the rise of the Bhadralok were the huge fortunes many merchant houses
made from aiding the English East India Company's trade up the Ganga valley, and Western-style education at the hands of the colonial rulers and of missionaries.
While the Bhadralok were influenced by the West(in terms of their morals,
dress, and eating habits) they were also the people who reacted most strongly against the West, and the most scathing critiques as well as the most spirited defences of Westernisation were made by Bhadralok writers.