Are bullet trains, that seem to be an obsession with the Prime Minister particularly, all that necessary at this time?
The financial health of the Indian Railways is undoubtedly in a perilous state and needs urgent treatment. However, that is no reason to run the rail establishment down, as is so often done. It is frequently lamented that we are mostly with what the British left us. In 1950, the rail network length was 54,000 route km and, in 2012, it had increased to 65,000 route km, an increase of just 11,000 route km in 62 years. But this does not do full justice to what has been achieved in the face of considerable odds.
For instance, over the past six decades…
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