The ladies coaches in Mumbai locals have been using the picture of a ‘sanskari’ woman in saree with her head covered in a ghoonghat. Last month, the Western Railways has decided to change it to make it more ‘new age’, giving appropriate representation to today’s working women.
The new logo that was introduced shows the picture of the woman in a saree was replaced with that of a woman donning office formals. According to a Mumbai Mirror report, railway officials will be putting up posters of inspiring, female achievers inside the coaches. These would include posters of deceased astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Cricketer Mithali Raj, and Badminton player Saina Nehwal, to name a few.
The WR team finally chose to go with the picture of a woman in a formal pantsuit with her arms folded, because it reflected the confidence of the modern Indian woman.
The Western Railway has made the new logo much larger than the previous one, so that commuters do not confuse it with a general compartment while travelling.
AK Gupta, the General Manager of Western Railways, was the man behind this idea. He thought of this two months ago while thinking of a modification, specifically the logos in the railway. That is when the change happened as the picture of the woman clad in a saree did not reflect the essence of today’s women appropriately.