'A pioneering and long-awaited book ... a delightful read' -Hindustan Times 'The first detailed history of India's Olympic experience ... a valuable addition to contemporary knowledge'-India Today When and how did the Olympic movement take root in India? Who were the early players and why did they appropriate Olympic sport to further their political ambitions? In most accounts of Olympic history across the world, India's Olympic journey is a mere footnote. Olympics: The India Story sets that right. Drawing on previously unused archival sources, it demonstrates that India was an important strategic outpost in the Olympic family. It explores why the Indian elite became obsessed with the Olympic ideal at the turn of the twentieth century and how this relates to India's quest for a meaningful role on the international stage. First published to critical acclaim in 2008, this revised edition includes a new, incisive chapter on India's medal prospects at the London Olympics, thus bringing India's Olympic story up-to-date.
About the author
Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes scholar and founding trustee of the South Asia Research Foundation, is a senior research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and an Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia. A consulting Editor with Times Global Broadcasting Company, he has written extensively on the history and politics of sport in India and the world both for the academic and the popular medium. As visiting professor at the University of Toronto, he has taught the history of the Commonwealth Games for over four years now with Professor Bruce Kidd. He will be covering the 2010 Commonwealth Games for Times Now Television.
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