By Ramachandra Guha
C. ok. Nayudu and Sachin Tendulkar clearly determine during this fascinating historical past of cricket in India, yet so too—in arresting and unforeseen ways—do Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Indian careers of these nice English cricketers Lord Harris and D. R. Jardine offer a window into the operations of Empire, whereas the intense lifetime of India's first nice sluggish bowler, Palwankar Baloo, introduces the still-unfinished fight opposed to caste discrimination. Later chapters discover the contest among Hindu and Muslim cricketers in colonial India and the intense passions now provoked whilst India performs Pakistan. an incredible, pioneering paintings, this is often additionally a beautifully-written meditation at the ramifications of game in society at huge, and on how game can impact either social and political history.
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C. K. Nayudu recommending a brand of liver tonic, 1941. (From the end pages of S. K. ) 11. Cartoon of a cricketing Maharaja. ) 12. Vijay Samuel Hazare. (Courtesy of A. D. ) 13. Cover of a brochure printed during the Indian Emergency of 1975–7. ) 14. Cricket on a Calcutta street, c. 1995. ) 15. Cricket at the Bombay Gymkhana, c. 1998. ) 16. Slum dwellers in Mumbai watching cricket on television. ) Introduction to the Second Edition THE PHYSICIST C. V. RAMAN once remarked that his greatest discovery was the weather of Bangalore.
Vijay Samuel Hazare. (Courtesy of A. D. ) 13. Cover of a brochure printed during the Indian Emergency of 1975–7. ) 14. Cricket on a Calcutta street, c. 1995. ) 15. Cricket at the Bombay Gymkhana, c. 1998. ) 16. Slum dwellers in Mumbai watching cricket on television. ) Introduction to the Second Edition THE PHYSICIST C. V. RAMAN once remarked that his greatest discovery was the weather of Bangalore. Although I had known the city from childhood, visiting it every summer to see my grandparents, it was only after I moved here for good in the 1990s that the truth behind Raman’s witticism struck me.
Men have raced and punched one another since the invention of fire, but it was Englishmen who gave athletics and boxing their modern forms. Only two of the great games of humankind are not of English origin: basketball, which was patented in New England in the 1890s, and golf, the contribution of the Scots across the border. 1 Of all the sports they gave birth to, cricket is the one which the English themselves recognize and uphold as their national game. In its origins a rural sport which was once hugely popular in the villages of southern England, in the nineteenth century cricket was made part of the life of the industrial towns.
A Corner Of A Foreign Field: The Indian History Of A British Sport by Ramachandra Guha