In most accounts of Olympic history across the world, India's
Olympic journey is a mere footnote. This book is a corrective.
Drawing on newly available and hitherto unused archival sources, it
demonstrates that India was an important strategic outpost in the
Olympic movement that started as a global phenomenon at the turn of
the twentieth century. Among the questions the authors answer are:
When and how did the Olympic ideology take root in India? Who were
the early players and why did they appropriate Olympic sport to
further their political ambitions? What explains India's eight
consecutive gold medals in Olympic men's hockey between 1928 and
1956 and what altered the situation drastically, so much so that
the team failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games? India and
the Olympics also explores why the Indian elite became obsessed
with the Olympic ideal at the turn of the twentieth century and how
this obsession relates to India's quest for a national and
international identity. It conclusively validates the contention
that the essence of Olympism does not reside in medals won, records
broken or television rights sold as ends in themselves.
Particularly for India, the Olympic movement, including the
relevant records and statistics, is important because it provides a
unique prism to understand the complex evolution of modern Indian
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• Nalin Mehta
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