Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2012 Prashant L. Fonseka
This paper examines how the development of the railway-telegraph technological complex impacted the tenuous relationship between the rulers and those they ruled; the British and the Indians. Through the experience of building and operating the railway, Indians came to understand the railway and telegraph as their own technologies well before the eventual handover of control over the networks from the British. The reasons behind the British desire to retain their grasp over the networks included profit, power, and orientalist notions of socially advancing Indians, all at the expense of Indian taxpayers. This arrangement was problematic and ultimately facilitated the Raj's undoing, while revealing certain realities of British imperial rule.
Fonseka, Prashant L., "The Railway and Telegraph in India: Monuments of British Rule or Symbols of Indian Nationhood?" (2012). CMC Senior Theses. 378.
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