ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Fare Hike and Urban Protest-Calcutta Crowd in 1953

Riots and insurrections have been part of Calcutta's history and one of the interesting features of crowd action in the city, before and since independence, is the attack on tramcars by frenzied mobs. This paper attempts to capture the urban disturbance and mob violence that erupted in Calcutta in 1953 in the wake of a sudden rise in second class tram fares and studies the tramwaymen's attitude towards people's protest as also the reaction of the West Bengal government to the episode.

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