A detailed study of sports' arrival, spread and advance in colonial and post-colonial South Asia. A selection of articles addresses critical issues of nationalism, communalism, commercialism and gender through the lens of sport.

This book makes the point that the social histories of South Asian sport cannot be understood by simply looking at the history of the game in one province or region. Furthermore, it demonstrates that it would be wrong to understand sport in terms of the exigencies of the colonial state.

Drawing inspiration from C.L.R. James' well-known epigram, 'What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?' the findings suggest that South Asian sport makes sense only when it is placed within the broader colonial and post-colonial context. The book demonstrates that sport not only influences politics and vice versa, but that the two are inseparable. Sport is not only political, it is politics, intrigue, culture and art. To deny this is to denigrate the position of sport in modern South Asian society.

This volume was previously published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

chapter |7 pages

Introduction The Fall and Rise of Indian Sports History

ByDipesh Chakrabarty

chapter |5 pages

Prologue: Stepping Stones Across a Stream

ByBoria Majumdar

part |81 pages

Raj and Post Raj Identities: Sport & South Asia

part |36 pages

Narrative Histories: Sport in Colonial and Post Colonial South Asia

part |63 pages

Marginal Voices: Women's Sport in Colonial and Post Colonial South Asia

part |42 pages

Lagaan — Undertones and Overtones: South Asian Sport, Culture, Society

part |56 pages

Cementing Ties: Sport in South Asian Diplomacy

part |41 pages

Cross Cutting Identities: Sport and the South Asian Diaspora