Mumbai

Does India need a bullet train?

On September 14, 2017, construction of India’s first bullet train, a much-lauded bilateral project between India and Japan, finally got underway. Although now being used by Narendra Modi’s BJP to further a nationalist agenda, ten years ago, senior BJP leader VK Malhotra slammed a railway budget that initially proposed the idea for high speed rail (HSR), for neglecting infrastructure and safety requirements as well as exposing the existing infrastructure to greater risks.

The long haul: The Bombay textile workers strike of 1982-83 - Rajni Bakshi

Union leader Dutta Samant with strikers, 1982

An extremely valuable book about the Bombay textile workers' strike of 1982-3, which deserves to be more widely read. The strike of 230,000 workers was big and extremely determined, but nevertheless doomed, which parallels to the UK miners' strike of 1984-5. Its defeat led directly to the massive restructuring of the Indian textile industry in the following years.