Originally Posted by mhgaffney
total bs -- the Brits built the RRs in India to get wealth to port -- so the Brits could take it out of the country.
Many native industries in India were destroyed by colonialism. The BRits did not want India to flourish - except insofar as it served their imperial plans.
BTW the facts in the case of India are well documented -- check out Paul Baran's THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GROWTH. He includes a detailed discussion of how the Brits plundered India.
Nonsense, by the time the railroads had even begun construction, Britain had already stolen everything worth taking.
Railways were used exclusively for scenic tours.