By Aravind Adiga
Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 citizens, in simple terms 89 claim themselves to be with no faith or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is a unprecedented crossroads among the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and the poets and the prophets of an India that sleek literature has hardly ever addressed.
A sequence of sketches that jointly shape a stunning, very good, and courageous mosaic of Indian existence because it is lived in a spot referred to as Kittur, Between the Assassinations, with all of the humor, sympathy, and unflinching candor of The White Tiger, enlarges our realizing of the area we are living in this present day.
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Must be placed at a serious disadvantage in competing with the alternative route now offered from the Eastward without a break as far as Loodiana[Ludhiana]. . , from Lahore to Peshawar, and from Mooltan [Multan] to Kotri. 117 In order to efﬁciently extract resources through trade in the Punjab, especially on the Indus route, the state took up the construction of the IVR, which was an extension of the earlier built trunk line connecting Amritsar and Multan.
Viz the Railroad and the Steamers may be said with truth to be the crying wants of the Punjab in the department of Public works. . [T]he commerce and produce of these territories will be turned to their due course viz. The Indus and its feeders and to their natural outlet viz. the Port of Kurrachee [Karachi]. . The Chief Commissioner while deprecating any general extension of the Public works Department in the Punjab for the present would yet beg most earnestly to press these cardinal objects on the attention of the Government.
1 it can be seen that the capital invested in the railways as a percentage of the total capital invested in the public works in the Punjab increased by about 15 times over 25 years. This amounted to an increase of about 56 percent between 1858 and 1884. 4 percent between 1859–60 and 1883–84. 9 Source: Punjab Administrative Report for the years 1858–85. R a i lway s a n d D e v e l o p m e n t i n C o l o n i a l I n d i a 35 The chief reason why the British increasingly invested so highly in railways in the Punjab can be seen in the following extract from a letter from the Chief Commissioner of the Punjab to the Department of Public Works, Government of India: Indeed these two .