Running on rickshaws

Plight of Kolkata's rickshaw pullers powers growing calls to plug gaps

Updated: 2024-06-13 09:22
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A rickshaw puller works in Kolkata, India, on June 1, 2021. AFP/VCG

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His body glistening with sweat, a gaunt man in a loincloth pulls a rickshaw through the serpentine lanes of north Kolkata. Amid the summer heat, the towering brick-red dwellings with baroque cornices overlook his toil.

Plying people or packages, this man is a symbol of an enduring legacy in India's "city of joy", a platitudinous nickname it earned from French author Dominique Lapierre's novel.

Despite Kolkata's strides toward modernity, the sight of hand-pulled rickshaws continues to define its streetscape.

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