This book is an interesting collection of essays on the Railways in Colonial South Asia. The book introduces the key concepts which have now entered the study of railway history, e.g. economy, ecology, culture, health and crime through the various essays. The well researched essays include those on the Imperial Railways in nineteenth century South Asia, Pakistan Railway, Impact of railway expansion on the Himalayan forests, development of the Sri Lankan Railways, a study of the European employees of the BB & CI Railways, problems of Indian Railway up to c. ad 1900, railways in Gujarati literature and tradition, mapping the Gaikwad Baroda State Railway on the colonial rail network, coming of railways in Bihar, expansion of railway to colonial Orissa, etc.
This book will be of immense value to those researching on various dimensions of railway transport in colonial South Asia. It can also be read by the more perceptive general reader exploring books on railways.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Railways in Colonial South Asia 1. Imperial Railway in Nineteenth Century South Asia 2. Pakistan’s Railway: A Painful History? 3. The Impact of Railway Expansion on Himalayan Forests 4. Railways and Forests: History of Railways and their Impact on Forest Policies of South India, 1850-1900 5. The Rise and Fall of Pakistan Railway, 1849-2013 6. An Overview of the Development of the Sri Lanka Railway 7. The Covenanted Workforce: A Study of the European Employees of BB&CI Railway in Colonial India, 1852-1870 8. Construction of Railway Line over Thall and Bhore Ghat: A Dream Come True 9. Problems of Indian Railways upto c. 1900 10. Socio-Cultural History: Railways in Gujarati Literature and Traditions 11. Mapping the Gaikward’s Baroda State Railway on the Colonial Rail-Network 12. Colonialism and Transformation in Punjab: A Story of Railway Development 13. Railways in Bihar: Peasant Protest, Response of Raj and Compensation 14. Railway Development in India: A Study of Extension to Colonial Orissa
Ganeswar Nayak is Assistant Professor and Head, Department of History, F.M. Autonomous College, Balasore, Orissa.