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Nation at Play: A History of Sport in India

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Reaching as far back as ancient times, Ronojoy Sen pairs a novel history of India's engagement with sport and a probing analysis of its cultural and political development under monarchy and colonialism, and as an independent nation. Some sports that originated in India have fallen out of favor, while others, such as cricket, have been adopted and made wholly India's own. S ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Columbia University Press (first published October 6th 2015)
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Anal Ghosh
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Authoritative account of the history of sports in India. Sen follows a chronological approach, spending some time in the Epics and the medieval kings, but then proceeds quickly to the British era when the culture of competitive sports actually started taking shape, details though the hugely sporting 20th century, and finally culminating in the present day of IPL and its me-toos. Along the way, the book is sprinkled with wonderful anecdotes and fascinating stories - the origins of polo in Manipur ...more
A Man Called Ove
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-arts
A readable, good book on history of sport in India but lacks d spark of Rama Guha.
Adam J.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ambitious work, tracing the role of sport in India since the age of mythology. Very interesting read, though a bit dense for non-specialists.
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Sen is a senior research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies and Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He is the author of Articles of Faith: Religion, Secularism, and the Indian Supreme Court, and has co-edited several books, including Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago, and read ...more

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