4 min read.Updated: 07 Aug 2017, 04:45 AM ISTLivemint
Swathes of rural India today continue to be severely constrained when it comes to everyday travel and mobility
The Silapathikaram, a Tamil epic dating back to the fifth or sixth century AD, paints an intriguing picture of common people moving freely for commerce and religious purposes both. Historical records bear this out. For example, the bazaar at Kandiyur—a village in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu—in the early medieval period was well-known, attracting people from all over the region as well as merchants from other regions of the subcontinent. Travellers and traders from as far afield as Turkey, China and Malaysia were also familiar sights.