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Mr. Anwar Hussain, is the keeper and operator of the rickshaw garage or the 'dera'. here with the miniature replica that he built. He is now thinking of alternative ways to make a living and wants to start selling the replica rickshaws as suveniers from Kolkata , ..Of the nearly 18,000 pullers, about 75% dwell in 'deras', places where they park their vehicles during the night. These 'deras' belong to the 'sardars' who collect the hand-rickshaws on rental basis from the 'owners', and engage the pullers on different rates. They are the most privileged class in terms of economic viability in this 'owner-sardar-puller' triangle.

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Kolkata's Rickshaw Pullers
Mr. Anwar Hussain, is the keeper and operator of the rickshaw garage or the 'dera'. here  with the miniature replica that he built. He is now thinking of alternative ways to make a living and wants to start selling the replica rickshaws as suveniers from Kolkata , ..Of the nearly 18,000 pullers, about 75% dwell in 'deras', places where they park their vehicles during the night. These 'deras' belong to the 'sardars' who collect the hand-rickshaws on rental basis from the 'owners', and engage the pullers on different rates. They are the most privileged class in terms of economic viability in this 'owner-sardar-puller' triangle.