Niranjan Rajyadhaksha of Mint has this piece on the 2017 Clark prize given to Donald Daveson of Stanford.
One of Daveson papers is othe controversial topic: Development history of Indian railways. Those for railways say it connected India mainlands to hinterlands enabling development. Those against say railways was another source of colonial exploitation (perhaps the most successful one) where rich resources from hinterlands were brought first to ports and then shipped to London.
Daveson looks at historical data and falls in the first camp:
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