Since 2005, the Railway Ministry has been headed by 9 different individuals. To put things in perspective, while our neighbour China (whith whom we often compare our economic growth) has rolled out bullet trains, India is still in the process of conducting feasibility reports for high-speed rail.
Growth in the Indian Railways has failed to accelerate. Here's a look at some of the ministers who headed India's largest employer.
Lalu Prasad Yadav - The miracle man?
The president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was appointed as the union railway minister under the coalition government of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA-1). Known for his populist schemes, Lalu Yadav kept passenger fares untouched and focused on raising revenue for the railways from other sources.
With a bit of financial jugglery, he managed to pull the Railways into profits from a loss-making organisation.
His management of the Railways also earned him invitations to address prestigious universities, such as Harvard and Wharton.
Image: RJD President Lalu Prasad.
Image courtesy: Reuters