The Politics and Pride of Kolkata’s Hand-Pulled Rickshaw Walas

Kolkata’s hand-pulled rickshaw pullers give us a picture of the complicated loyalties that go into a vote.

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The rickshaw pullers of Kolkata are nothing like Balraj Sahni from Do Bigha Zameen. They are not bechara or besahara and had no problems telling a seemingly (we hope) yuppy reporter from Delhi that they had better things to do than educate him on their city’s political history.

But when they did speak, they gave us a picture of the city’s allure for the immigrant and the complicated loyalties that go into a vote.

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