Prime Minister Narendra Modi has indicated he felt discriminated by them because he came from a different class and background. Three former prime ministers - Morarji Desai, Charan Singh and Deve Gowda - were said to have suffered at their hands. Meet the swish set of Lutyen's Delhi, who in PM Modi's words, are dedicated to only a few for their personal gains.
So who are these people and what kind of lives do they lead? The term is used - either reverentially or pejoratively, depending on which side of the social divide you are on - refers to a bunch of top bureaucrats, journalists, and powerbrokers who live in that piece of prime estate in the heart of the national capital.
Their mindset is best brought out in these serious of illustrations by Rajkamal Aich - each picture is worth a thousand words or more.