Who travels by train nowadays? Those who cannot afford to fly; or those going to places that cannot be reached by air; or those who, out of habit, find a train more convenient, at least some of the time. But to travel by train for reasons of cost and to travel on trains by choice are two different things. In India, the majority of people use trains only irregularly, if at all, because they cannot afford them – a fact too often overlooked. But that still leaves a huge number of travellers, almost all belonging to the lower echelons of the famous – and famously feted – middle class, to patronise the world’s largest railway network.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
On 1 December 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the US of cutting fuel supplies to Afghan security forces. Despite US pressure, Karzai continues to stall the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement.
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Aunohita Mojumdar explores questions of accountability in relation to the West’s “hasty exit strategy”. (February 2011)