The Railway Minister, apparently taking short public memory for guaranteed, broke a supposedly happy news regarding no increase in passenger fares. But the fares, along with freight rates, were steeply raised immediately after the NDA government took over last year amidst the derisive noise of its election victory celebrations. Even after decades of Independence, the general coaches present the same, old, shameful and unbelievable ‘Tamasha’. Even the cattle, with their safety in mind, are not transported the way human beings are made to travel, bundled in these coaches. This state of affairs may never change despite talk of modernisation and reincarnation of the Railways because of the snobbish mindset of our politicians and their insensitivity to the plight of the poor.
H. L Sharma