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    I was terribly disappointed with this book The title of the book is so promising and interesting that I expected a fascinating story o

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    It is not easy to envisage that the characters who fashioned Indian railways belonged to a clan of heroes and legends But this is precisely what the authors of this volume have us believe by showcasing the lives of engineer

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    Boring Very disappointing It is a classic case of a recipe gone wrong despite all good ingredients Authors did good research added ancedotes and long uotes from other works and speeches and yet fail to write an interesting book Book has a lot of facts but nothing

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    An intricate and detailed account of building railways in India includes a ton of information on the hundreds of private British companies that built the railway which later came under the management of the government of British India Lots of interesting titbits and piles of information for the discerning and meticulous railway nerd Point to note it stops short of the Indian independence so there's very little information about

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    When did Karl Marx write this piece? He wrote it on 22 July 1853 though it was first published on 8 August 1853 1853 is important because that’s the official date—16 April to be precise—for the start of the railways in India and Marx must have known about this Thus in the centennial year in 1953 a postage stamp was issued to celebrate the occasionAfter a long and pointless prophetic for Debroy uote this is how the

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    Bibek Roy's work looks at the structural foundations of the Indian Railways till 1947 delving into its origins as corporations with a mandate to provide value to its distant shareholders some of them survived till 2016 The book tries to connect the present practice of cross subsidising passenger with freight to early deficits in planning a

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    Perfect research bookI recommend this book to all serious researchers of Indian railway but I think the details are littl

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    The book captures data uotes correspondences and inferences It is written in an extremely dry and academic style Enriching read for those already interested passionate about the Indian Railways but could be perceived as an

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    A good read about history of Indian Railways Looking at how vast reference texts mostly relevant ones have been produced as is in the pages one gets an impression that this book has been hurriedly put together by the authors and editors

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    Good insights about the history of Indian railways Interested in History Trains then this book is a must read

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It is not easy to envisage that the characters who fashioned Indian railways belonged to a clan of heroes and legends But this is precisely what the authors of this volume have us believe by showcasing the lives of engineers of the likes of Rowland Stephenson John Chapman and Arthur Cotton in this lively volume Stephenson thought of not only linking London and Calcutta by rail which would decrease the trip between England and its Indian empire to ten days but also sought to tie Calcutta with Peking and Hong KongMore than any other produce of the industrial revolution with the probable exemption of electricity the railways affected the very way Indians lived and even contemplated They made us abruptly think in terms of class not caste They ushered in modernityBy establishing divisions of travel there were over five passenger ranks in pre Independence India we were introduced to the contemporary usage of first class second class and so on The story of Indian railways we learn from this book commenced in London in the 1840s The advocates were audacious indomitable men who got in touch with Britain s merchants manufacturers and shipping interests to whom they held out the prospect of a vast and opulent India Once opened up by railways they said India would become a remarkable supply house of cotton and wheat and a colossal end user of textiles and manufactured merchandise of Britain They told the large mercantile houses that they could transport coal by rail to Calcutta from the mines of West Bengal and become even richer They fashioned a controlling federation in Parliament and jointly exerted immense weight on the British government Coming out trumps in the end by acuiring hugely flattering contracts that allowed them to raise funds in Britain to fabricate and administer their railway maneuvers in India they realized that things couldn t get betterThe East Indian Railway Company was one of the first to get going It built and operated a line running a few dozen miles north of Calcutta along the Hooghly River Later it extended it to the coalmines 100 miles north west of Calcutta and subseuently to the well populated and fertile Ganges valley About the same time the Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company constructed a second line running north from Bombay for thirty five miles to Kalyan which it expanded later over the Western Ghats into the rich cotton fields of the Deccan Many lines followed thereafter The cost of construction was high as our authors point out partly because the companies had a guaranteed return of cost plus five per cent They had little incentive to economize and they built carelessly and lavishly When the work was defective they simply rebuilt They erected stations in a grand style and provided luxury coaches for upper class passengersThus was one of the world s greatest railway systems built It was the largest single injection of British capital into India s economy and the network went on to become the third largest in the world At Independence in 1947 it was than 50000 miles long employing than a million men with 9000 locomotives 225000 freight cars and than 16000 passenger coachesAs we noted the railways had a profound effect on millions of lives as people began to move and merchants began to send their goods to distant parts of the country New towns came up along the railway lines However there was also a downside Artisans in villages and towns began to lose their living because they could not compete with British manufactured goods that began to arrive rapidly Earlier the peasants had stored their surplus grains in the good years Now the railways began to carry food and commercial crops to the ports for export Reserves were thus depleted and in the devastating famine years of the 1870s and 1890s there was no stored surplus to fall back on It would have needed a benign and far thinking government to prevent the downsideSubseuent to the attainment of Independence the railways crumpled this societal segregation into two classes The caste mindset of Indians still persists And if truth be told the railway has played a momentous part in altering the pejorative world view of manyImagine how the world must have seemed to the ordinary Indian who had never seen anyone or anything move at a speed greater than fifteen kilometres an hour The railways liberated us from our narrow provincial mindset that had been limited to local customs local knowledge and local connections They brought us travelling merchants artisans singers and new productsAfter the 1860s our horizons began to expand to a world of distant towns and unfamiliar landscapes And like the English language the railways helped to unify India and give us an Indian world view They changed our public spaces Major Indian cities were reshaped around railwaysAs aforestated the railways were bred in the womb of the industrial revolution The authors commence with an oft repeated uote from Karl Marx who foretold that railways would generate an industrial insurrection in India and absolutely renovate the country That they did not is another story By the First World War some thought India was well nigh in the take off stage The authors enlighten the readers that India had 28000 miles of rail track by 1905 making it the third prevalent railway network in the entire world Added to this was the fact that India boated of the world s major jute manufacturing industry the fourth biggest cotton textile industry the leading canal system and held over two and a half per cent of world trade Last but in no way the least She had a fizzy rank of merchants ravenous to become entrepreneursAs history has it post World War I industrialization did hasten British industries becoming active in upplying war needs gave up exporting goods for colonial markets It was a first rate prospect for Indian industries to supply vacant Indian markets with their products Entrepreneus such as GD Birla Kasturbhai Lalbhai and others made massive trading profits throughout World War I and reinvested them in establishing industries Between 1913 and 1938 Indian manufacturing output grew 56 per cent a year well ahead of the world average of 33 per cent The authors point out that the railway network had neglected freight and also that its construction had bypassed significant geographical parts of the country Moreover India s agriculture remained stagnant You cannot have an industrial revolution without an agricultural surplus or the means to feed a rapidly growing urban population Thus to conclude the extended conseuences of this grand venture were limited By contrast Japan s railways built at the same time delivered positive results The Japanese had economized with their limited capital and had built a geographically intensive network The Indian railway network although huge in absolute terms was comparatively small in both per capita and per suare mile terms In 1937 India had twenty six miles of railway lines per 1000 suare miles of land when the US had 80 and Germany 253 This partially explains why the railways did not engender an industrial revolution in India Sadly the massive construction of the railways was not enough to modernize the Indian economy India alone among the great railway countries remained relatively un industrialized In the other railway powers the United States Russia and Germany the railway had been a dynamo of the industrial revolution It had no such effect in India Nevertheless it is a powerful British legacy in a landscape of backwardness Without the railways India would have been even less industrializedIndian nationalists have blamed the British Raj for this failure Marx believed that capital exploits and Indian nationalists jumped on this bandwagon to argue that British capital was exploitive I disagree Anyone who wanted India to become modern prosperous and middle class should have wanted loads of investment In fact Britain did not exploit India enough Had it made the enormous investments in India that it did in the Americas India would have become prosperous and a much bigger market for British goods A richer India would have been even a better customer and a better supplier An impoverished India was not in Britain s economic interestOur nationalists have failed to comprehend that capital is a progressive force however exploitative it may appear Marx understood this He knew that capitalism is the only efficient way to accumulate capital make investments raise output and increase productivity Even today many Indians with their phobia of multinationals have not learned this lesson Even the nationalists who understood that foreign investment is positive felt there was a British conspiracy to deliberately under invest in India or to sabotage Indian business interestsIn the present day Indian Railways is the Indian government in miniature superior in uantity but underprivileged in excellence Every single day they interlace a country in concert A recent report suggests that in 2015 16 they sold 86 billion tickets which translates into roughly seven journeys per person per year A nation is on the move thanks in part to the railways The poorest Indian is mobile because railway tickets are cheaper than almost anywhere in the world This is the good newsThe bad news is that the Indian Railways are inefficient hopelessly over manned utterly politicized sometimes corrupt and provide shoddy callous service No one dreams of transporting goods by rail not only because tariffs are uncompetitively high As a result even coal petrol and diesel are inefficiently transported by road This bias against freight is of course a historical one as the authors of this volume point outIndian Railways The Weaving of a National Tapestry by Bibek Debroy Sanjay Chadha and Vidya Krishnamurthi is a delightful endeavor to evoke the command and art of the building of and travel on the railways in India from the mid nineteenth century to Independence This book presents you with a convoluted and meticulous account of building railways in India As a student of Indian culture you would be the beneficiary of a ton of information At least two of my very close buddies who are champion academicians in their own right repeatedly dissuaded me from taking this book up There are countless others they said I agree with them partially There are innumerable texts on railway history from the very very luscious authorized narration by J N Sahni to the modern day ones by Bhandari Christian Wolmar or Kerr This book does a fair enough job I must admit Though the narrative gets smidgen scholastic at times you would begin enjoying it once you start reading between the lines and connecting the dots

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G clone trains trains on the same route but with fewer stops and faster speeds Getty Indian Railways Now you can track freight Il y a jourIndian Railways carry than billon tonnes of freight traffic every year over its km of rail network The portal has been developed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems CRIS Viral video claiming Adani has taken over Indian The Indian government opened the railways to privatisation back in by allowing private operators to run container freight trains In the same year the Adani Group announced that it would be launching its container train operations The video now being circulated as a recent video accusing the Modi government of privatising the railways is actually an old one that dates back to It RAILWAY Magasin rue Marie Curie LISIEUX Tlphone plus de fax Appels l'extrieur de RAILWAY ne pas appeler sur cette ligne Adresse postale BP LISIEUX CEDEX Messagerie railwaywanadoofr Commandes sylvierailwayorangefr RC LISIEUX Modlisme ferroviaire Trains lectriues Mauettes Miniatures. Perfect research bookI recommend this book to all serious researchers of Indian railway but I think the details are little too much for reader like mewho just want to learn about the historical facts of IR The book goes deep into the economics which got sometime too tiresome to understand


About the Author: Bibek Debroy

Bibek Debroy is an Indian writer and economist