What Laloo didn’t show Harvard’s business grads

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M.R. SURESH, on a train ride from Agartala to Dharamnagar in the northeast, discovers what a shortfall of civic consciousness and a surfeit of official callousness can do to a “brand-new” wash basin.

“When the train services began three months ago, the people were happy to get their first train to Agartala. But the bogies are in a pathetic shape. My co-travellers were cursing all the governments for neglecting the northeast, although the region provides teak, tea and many natural forest produce and minerals.”