Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, flanked by ministers of state K.J. Surya Prakash Reddy and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury-BIPLAB BANERJEE

Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, flanked by ministers of state K.J. Surya Prakash Reddy and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury-BIPLAB BA

Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, flanked by ministers of state K.J. Surya Prakash Reddy and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury-BIPLAB BA

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.