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WATCH: The Incredible Story of ‘Track-Man’, the Unsung Superhero of India

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron-Man may command the respect of comic books fans. But stepping out of the world of comics and superheroes and into the real, somewhat monochrome world, we find ourselves surrounded with a galore of superheroes, sans the chiseled bodies and capes. These real-life superheroes are not celebrated or acknowledged but they are always around, working tirelessly in the shadows, making sure of your safety all day, everyday.

And some of those superheroes go by the name ‘Track-Man’. Yes, you heard it right. We’re talking about ‘Track-Man’ or the track maintenance staff employed with the Indian railways. Chances are you’ve never seen them or heard about them. But they are the ones making sure that your train rides go smoothly and you reach your destinations safely and in time.
A video shared by the Railway minister Piyush Goyal highlights the work of these unsung heroes.

The video narrates the story of Roshan Lal, who works as a railway track maintenance staff. In the video, Roshan talks about working tirelessly from seven in the morning to six in the evening, just to ensure that there are no snags in the railway tracks and that no train rides are interrupted. Roshan’s sister says that she hardly ever sees him at home and on some years, she doesn’t even get to tie him a rakhi. But his family and Roshan himself are proud of the work he does, which they consider a service to the nation. The video, which has been viewed over 19,500 times on Twitter, has garnered much praise and attention on social media with many people praising the unsung soldiers of our country.

Updated: October 8, 2018 — 6:03 pm
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