chapter  7
20 Pages

‘The Big Brother of Asia’: Nehruvian India, Sports Diplomacy and a New Order

At the IOC museum in the sleepy Swiss town of Lausanne, the waters of the picturesque Lake Geneva wash up on the doorstep. On the other side of the Lake’s glistening waters one can see France-it seems to be in touching distance-and all around are mountains, of the kind made famous by Yash Chopra films and Swiss tourism postcards. Lausanne is the quintessential Swiss town: there is the famous medieval Gothic cathedral, the modern shopping arcades built around it and, of course, the lovely villas. Almost everything is within walking distance; Lausanne is self-contained, almost still in its calmness, content with its serenity and the artistic grandeur of nature as far as the eye can see.