Pinched by Pop­ulism

India Today - - MAIL -

The In­dian Rail­ways is los­ing Rs 18 crore a day (“Rail­ways on Track to Dis­as­ter”, Novem­ber 14). Its sorry state of af­fairs comes af­ter years of pop­ulism in­dulged in by suc­ces­sive min­is­ters for whom the berth is a ticket to in­stant star­dom in their pocket bor­oughs. They’ve doled out sop af­ter sop un­mind­ful of the hole they’ve pushed the life­line of In­dia’s masses into.

R. KAPOOR, Kolkata In­dian Rail­ways has not been able to raise stan­dards to make it world class. Pas­sen­ger fares must be raised to make op­er­a­tions sus­tain­able once again.

CHARU SINGH, Delhi

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