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Not Going beyond the Orientalist History of Indian Railways

A Short History of Indian Railways by Rajendra B Aklekar, Rupa Publications, 2019; pp 248, ₹ 295.

‘Piloting’ Gender in the Indian Railways

Women loco-pilots in the Indian Railways, although few in number, face unique challenges as they negotiate with masculine forms of labour and technology in a male-dominated work environment. While, theoretically, they are treated at par with their male counterparts, new hierarchies are created on the job when they are expected to aspire to “masculine” standards of performance and discouraged from taking up the full range of tasks designated for loco-pilots. Thus, the entry of women in loco-piloting seems to reinforce its appearance as a masculine profession, and neither is the gendered nature of the system questioned, nor is it actively challenged.

Selling Public Goods: Privatising Welfare, One Sector at a Time

The uses of privatisation are limited to how we understand what we mean by a “commodity.”

Chugging into Unfamiliar Stations

Tracks of Change: Railways and Everyday Life in Colonial India by Ritika Prasad; New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2015; pp ix+315, Rs 795, hardback.

Grand Narratives of the Budget

In a bid to introduce point to point high speed rail systems the Indian Railways seems to have forgotten its core constituency. If the Indian Railways fails to provide inexpensive travel to all, it would be deemed as a violation of the constitutional guarantee of travelling freely across the country.

Cadaverising Indian Railways

The decision to create several new railway zones has been taken disregarding consistent expert advice against such reorganisation pointing out the negative implications. In addition to the excessive additional outlays that this will entail, the creation of additional zones may well add to existing inefficiencies.

One Splits into Two

Under the NDA government a small question becomes a life-anddeath question while genuinely large questions are of no interest to any of the alliance partners. The alliance is threatened because a zonal railway is proposed to be split. It is not threatened because the party which leads the alliance carries out a twomonth long carnage in a state where it governs.

Raj and the Railways

Railways in Modern India edited by Ian J Kerr; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2001; pp xiv + 356, Rs 625

Reinventing Indian Railways: Derailed Agenda

Although the Expert Group's report provided a road map of sorts for transforming the Indian Railways, the budget proposals for 2002-03 surprisingly enough provide little indication that the ministry has any intention of setting the railways on a growth path.

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