India and the Olympics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/20/2009
  • Publisher: Routledge
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The Olympic movement, including the relevant records and statistics, provides a unique prism to understand the complex evolution of modern Indian society. Drawing on hitherto unused archival sources, this book examines the relations between India's place in the Olympic movement and the country's quest for a national and international identity.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Prologuep. 1
Games of Self-Respect: A Colony at the Olympicsp. 9
'Everyone Wants a Bite of the Cherry': The Struggle for Control of Olympic Sports in Indiap. 33
The Golden Years: 'We Climb the Victory Stand'p. 53
Hitler's Games: Captain Dhyan Chand and Indian Nationalism in the Third Reichp. 76
The 'National' Game: Hockey in the Life of Independent Indiap. 98
'The Fall of Rome': The Fall and Decline of Indian Hockeyp. 126
'The Big Brother of Asia': Nehruvian India, Sport Diplomacy and a New Orderp. 147
Appu on Television: The 1982 Asiad and the Creation of a New Indian Publicp. 177
When Olympic Sports Lost Out: Cricket, Television and Globalization in Indiap. 211
The Army, Indian-ness and Sport: The Nation in the Olympic Idealp. 244
Torchbearers of a Billion: India at the Gamesp. 273
Epiloguep. 295
Postscriptp. 306
Endnotesp. 315
Indexp. 366
Appendixp. 381
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