A Corner Of A Foreign Field: The Indian History Of A British by Ramachandra Guha

By Ramachandra Guha

C. ok. Nayudu and Sachin Tendulkar certainly determine during this eye-catching heritage 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 supply a window into the operations of Empire, whereas the intense lifetime of India's first nice gradual 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 while India performs Pakistan. a big, pioneering paintings, this is often additionally a beautifully-written meditation at the ramifications of recreation in society at huge, and on how activity can impact either social and political history.

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Bagot’s Sport and Travel in India and Central America. These recollections of an old Army officer were published in Macmillan’s Colonial Library in 1897, although the sport they speak of was played some forty years previously. Cricket, remarks Bagot, is acknowledged to be the national game par excellence of Englishmen. Wherever they may be, north, south, east, or west, sooner or later, provided a sufficient number are gathered together, there is certain to be a cricket match; and climate has little or no effect on their ardour, for you will find them playing on the burning sand of the desert with as much zest as if it was the best possible pitch in the Old Country; and even an expedition to the North Pole is not considered complete without a consignment of bats, balls, and stumps.

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.

He might even watch cricket and (at a price) retrieve the ball or throw it for the sahibs to bat back. He was not expected to play the game. But he would. THE FIRST INDIANS to play cricket were the Parsis of Bombay. This community of fire-worshippers had fled their native Persia after the coming of Islam, and settled along the coast of western India. They took easily to trade and commerce, professions viewed with disdain by the high-born Hindu. They spoke the language of the land, Gujarati, but clung tenaciously to their faith.

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