Ahmedabad/ Railway as an Urban Strike

Thorner, D., The Pattern of Railway Development in India, Association for Asian Studies, 1955
Thorner, D., The Pattern of Railway Development in India, Association for Asian Studies, 1955

A journal written almost a century after the construction of the Bombay, Boroda and Central Indian Railway in 1864. It talks about the general history and pattern of the construction of the railway networks over India in times of British Colony. It is more of a descriptive overview of the history of  railway in India, rather than a close-up analysis of Ahmedabad.

Attention is given to the negotiation and collaboration between the British government and railway  company (i.e. The East India Company) in putting up the railway networks over India. It is noted that the collaboration is ineffective in a sense that the government has no control over the railway company. Cost has been raised and scope of work has been disrupted, which in turn affected the way how the railway hit the urban conditions in various Indian countries. Railway, as urban strike, has undermined cities in various dimensions, whether physical or psychological.

Published by the Association for Asian Studies, the book presents no means of critique and judgement on the issue, but more of an interpretation of historical facts. The nature that the record is in a broad-sense over India allows one to understand the general context other than a biased perception over the narrow realm of Ahmedabad only.


1 Comment on “Ahmedabad/ Railway as an Urban Strike

  1. When the rail was introduced into Ahmadabad, it not only caused infrastructural changes in traffic and movement of people, but also the tug-of-war between the colonial government and the private British company. How did the people reacted to the introduction of the railway? What were the effects on the urban planning and demographics in Ahmadabad?

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