Privatisation of Indian Railways – Part 1: Growing Opposition to the Privatisation of Indian Railways
Indian Railways is a lifeline of the country. Nearly 800 crore people travel on the Indian Railways every year. It is the only reliable and affordable means of long distance travel for crores of workers, between their place of work and their home town or village.
Privatisation of Indian Railways (IR) is being carried out at the behest of Indian and foreign monopolies who want to acquire vast infrastructure, land and workforce of the Indian Railways at cheap prices. This is the real reason for step-by-step privatisation, pursued by all the parties that have been in power for several decades.
Indian Railways plays a vital role in the country’s economy. Many generations of workers and their families have contributed to building it. This key institution is being systematically broken up and privatised stealthily part by part by the Government of India.
The study of rail privatisation in various countries of the world shows that the only gainers have been capitalist monopolies. People have lost heavily.
Privatisation of Indian Railways – Part 5: The struggle against rail privatisation deserves the support of all the people of India
The plan of the ruling class to privatise Indian Railways is running full steam ahead. The Central government has taken advantage of the Corona pandemic to implement this program on fast track. The repeated promises of successive prime ministers that Indian Railways will never be privatised stand nakedly exposed as blatant lies.