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Many cities have banned the rickshaw. In Singapore the rickshaw was phased out in 1946 – 1947.
In the Indian city of Calcutta (Kolkata) it was in use till 2006 when a law to ban rickshaws from
its roads was passed. (TIME Magazine, 18 Dec 2006).

“WHEELS OF MISFORTUNE: Invented in Japan, rickshaws became a ubiquitous symbol of Western imperialism in the 19th century as native coolies hauled around their foreign masters in places as far afield as Shanghai and Zanzibar. But as they were steadily replaced by more efficient – and less demeaning – conveyances, the two-wheeled, human-powered carriages gradually disappeared from streets around the world.”


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29 February, 2008 at 10:10 am

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