Kudos to Indian Railways!
When I was a kid Indian Railways was a source for standup comedians and mimicry artist, to make fun of, due to their inefficiency. I have heard lot of jokes about Indian Railways as I was growing up. One of them that I remember now is something like this. A family arrives at a railway station and sees Kanyakumari-Jammu Tawi Himasagar Express (longest running train on the Indian Railways in terms of distance and time) in the platform. The kid tells his father that Himasagar Express has arrived at the station on time. Hearing that father corrects the kid that the train was supposed to arrive yesterday at the same time and is running late by 24 hours!
On my recent visit to Kerala I realized that no comedian is going to crack jokes on Indian Railways anymore. In four days I travelled three south Indian states in five different trains and I was so amazed by the performance of Indian Railways. I was travelling in a train after a gap of five years and I could really feel the difference.
Once I decided that I am going for a vacation to
Now the timings – I should say, I reached all the places on time. Never was a single train late. That was a really new experience for me. Since all the trains were interstate I thought at least one of the trains may run late. It seems like trains running late has become a thing of the past. I came to one station two hours early and saw all the long distance trains coming to that station on time.
There was a time when you need to wait for over 6 hours to catch a train to Ernakulam from
What does this point to? If such a huge public sector organization like Indian Railways can deliver to the needs of the people so efficiently, each and every department of Indian government can change and help the people of our country if the people who lead them show the courage to lead them efficiently. Kudos to former Railway Ministers Mr Nitish Kumar and Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav and all the officials in making Indian Railways a great servant of Indian people. Hope Indian Railways will climb up ladders under the leadership of present Railway Minister Ms Mamta Banerjee.