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Mr. Mansoor Ahmed, Rickshaw owner. Kolkata, 28 January 2007, ..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. Mansoor Ahmed, Rickshaw owner. Kolkata, 28 January 2007, ..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.