INDIA: Strangulating Strike

As in few other countries, railways in India provide the vital arteries of commerce, superseding airplanes, pipelines and highways. Masses of passengers stuffed into third-class coaches are as much a part of the Indian scene today as they were in Kipling's raj. But even more than carrying people, India's trains are necessary to keep the country's economy moving. Nearly 70% of India's food, fuel and freight are transported in 420,580 railway cars over the system's 39,000 miles of tracks. Indian Railways is the fourth largest in the world* and India's largest single...

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