July 2008

‘The World’s Best Centre-Forward’

Dhyan Chand scored 14 of India’s 29 goals in Amsterdam. *** Exclusive Extracts from Olympics: The India Story by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta The World’s Best Centre-Forward': Amsterdam 1928 At Amsterdam the onus was on the hockey team to lead the Indian challenge. The athletes, Chawan in the 10,000 metres, Hamid in the 400 […..]

When The Spokes Came Off

Nothing epitomizes the early battles between Indian sport administrators better than the case of Indian cycling in the 1950s. Exclusive Extracts from Olympics: The India Story by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta *** ‘How To Make Cycling Pay in Six Easy Lessons': ‘Beating Up’ Sohrab Bhoot Nothing epitomizes the early battles between Indian sport administrators […..]

‘A Continent As Big As Europe’

The YMCA’s early role in the Indian Olympic movement cannot be emphasized enough. Its national network provided a lifeline for those who wanted to set up a national sporting movement. [Edited exclusive extracts from Nalin Mehta, Boria Majumdar, Olympics: The India Story, HarperCollins, 2012, 3rd edition, first published 2008] The YMCA, India And The Global […..]

Peasants On The Athletics Track

London 1948 - Opening ceremony at the stadium of Wembley: March-in of the Indian delegation.

To Sir Dorab Tata goes the credit of starting systematic Olympic activity on Indian soil in 1920 [Edited exclusive extracts from Nalin Mehta, Boria Majumdar, Olympics: The India Story, HarperCollins, 2012, 3rd edition, first published 2008]. ‘100 Yards Round A Bend’ To Antwerp: Peasants On The Athletics Track To Sir Dorab Tata goes the credit […..]

The Golden Years

Between 1928 and 1956, India won six straight Olympic gold medals and 24 consecutive matches, a record likely to stand for the foreseeable future *** Exclusive Extracts from Olympics: The India Story by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta India claims to be the foremost in many things in the world. The world admits that she […..]

Hitler’s Games

Berlin Olympics of 1936 finally put to rest the question mark against India’s hockey supremacy. Exclusive extracts from this meticulously researched book show the role of Captain Dhyan Chand and Indian Nationalism in the Third Reich… Exclusive Extracts from Olympics: The India Story by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta *** Nowadays I hear of the […..]