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How Do Indians Move?


Transportation in India (India Wiki 2011) 

Yash D. & Joseph F.

World Studies 3B 

     In India transportation is a very interesting topic. There, you would find vehicles like rickshaws and Auto Rickshaws riding the road right next to modern cars, trains, and planes. You would be curious since you never see that here. The question, however, which vehicles are better for transportation? Could it be the modern ones, because of their quickness and additional abilities? Or, could it be the traditional ones that can possibly help preserve culture?  

  • People usually travel for business, vacation, and education purposes.
  • In India, to travel within a city, people can go by car, bike, foot, auto rickshaws, rickshaws, or trains.


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 In India, to travel outside a city, you would have to go by either train or airplane. India has 74 airports, 57 domestic ones along with 17 international ones. Domestic airlines are Air Sahara, Jet Airways, and Air Deccan. All kinds of airplanes from the different international airlines arrive in India. Popular train stations in India are the Manali Railway Station, the Calcutta Rajdhani Express, and the Shatabdi Express.





/\If it doesn't work, imagine the Mac Vs. PC commercial music/\

Modern: Hello, I'm modern India.

Traditional: And I am traditional.

Modern: So, how are you doing, Traditional?
Traditional: Oh, not so good.

Modern: Why, what's wrong?
Tradition: Well, with you taking over, I got no business.

Modern: Oh, business, like what?

Traditional: Oh, well, the usual: rickshaw, walking, horse carriages, stuff like that. 

Modern: Oh, really? How fast do you deliver your travelers through those?

Traditional: Well, I broke my landspeed record yesterday with 2 miles! What's up with you?

Modern: Oh, well I'm having a great time with my cars, trains, and auto-rickshaws.

Traditional: AUTO-Rickshaws? What are those?
Modern: Well, they're like rickshaws but powered by a scooter-like device.

Traditional: Sure, that's great, but nothing beats complete man-power!

Modern: Yes, because it was true manpower that thought up of the autorickshaw when the regular one was slower.

Tradition: Oh shut up. I know how much I'm becoming irrelevant, but that doesn't mean you get to make fun of me. I'm out of here.   Rickshaw!

Auto-rickshaw appears to pick Tradition up.

Tradition:Um, I'll pass.

Auto-Rickshaw passes, then a rusty rickshaw comes by.

Tradition: There we go. Seeya later, jerk. 

Tradition gets in, but it breaks underneath.

Modern: Oh, did I mention that my items are twice as safe?

Tradition: Oh, shut up.


Below, you can see how a street on India looks with a "tug-of-war" of traditional and modern ways of transportation. Despite modern cars being available in the market, people are still going by rickshaws. This is happening even though a car is much faster than a rickshaw. 





What vehicle should ride the streets of India? Modern or Traditional?

Works Cited




          "Reliance, Petronet oppose move to free gas transportation prices." Information Company 24 Mar. 2011. General OneFile. Web. 12 May 2011.


     Roy, Tirthankar. "Infrastructure and Transportation, 1857–1947." Encyclopedia of India. Ed. Stanley Wolpert. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. 273-279. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 12 May 2011.


     Kilachand, Sunaina, and Urjit R. Patel. "Infrastructure Development and Government Policy Since 1950." Encyclopedia of India. Ed. Stanley Wolpert. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. 279-285. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 12 May 2011.


     "Local Transportation in India - Local Modes of Transport India." Travel to India, India Travel Agents, Travelling to India, India Travel Agency, Indian Travel Agent. India Travel Agents. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://www.india-travel-agents.com/india-guide/local-transport.html>.




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