By Ian J. Kerr
The former Jewel within the Crown of the British Empire, India continues to be, via any degree, an important financial and political actor at the international scene. with out her large railway network―completed opposed to all odds via her British colonial masters―it is most unlikely to visualize what may have turn into of the varied lands and peoples of the subcontinent. those railway networks introduced them jointly as a colony; those networks fostered the nationalism that will be Britain's downfall. This rail community either remade the actual panorama and taken social-cultural team spirit to a various and wide-ranging population. it'd be universal rail shuttle that Gandhi might hire to arrive the hundreds. From its romantic mystique to its risky fact, it's rail go back and forth at the present time that retains important social, cultural, fiscal and political forces moving.
India's railroad background serves as a special lens to her greater tale of conquer adversity. by way of 1905, India had the world's fourth biggest railway network―a place it keeps within the early twenty first century. The railroads have been on the organizational and technological heart of a few of the inter-related financial, political, social, cultural, and ecological differences that produced glossy India via, and out of, its colonial prior. as well as this enormous technical fulfillment, and (in retaining with the sequence focus), there's an both very important and wide-sweeping human-interest story to be informed with evocative vignettes of the triumph of the human spirit (one billion strong!) within the face of serious adversity.