Making India's Trains Run

The country needs to overhaul its antiquated railways.

Passenger services are cramped and slow.

Photographer: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday, when India’s Railways Minister stands before Parliament and presents his budget for the year, he’ll be enacting an archaic ritual. The practice began during British colonial times, when the expenditures and revenues of the railways were more significant than the finances of the colony itself. No other Indian ministry or department receives the same privilege. It’s debatable whether the railways should anymore, too. 

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