This introductory chapter examines the relationship between images of mobility concerned with technology and the notion of modernity within the Indian context. It describes the Indian railway, which is considered the most important material emblem of modernity since 1853 and often represented in the global symbolic history through novels, short stories, poems, photographs, and films. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how modernity came to be constituted within the Indian context through a body of images inspired by a particular technology of movement, implying modernity as a dynamic imaginative form that changes over time in terms of colonial, national, and global innovations.
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