India and the Olympic Games

India and the Olympic Games

Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games
Nalin Mehta’s new book, released in Jan 2020, As India, gears up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the country will focus once again on the moments of glory we have had on the largest sports arena in the world, featuring such stalwarts as Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom and PV Sindhu. But it will also be time to ask again the question we ask ourselves every four years: why does a country of a billion plus have so little to show for itself at the Olympics? Dreams of a Billion gives the reader an inside view of what goes on backstage in the Indian Olympics world, alongside a quick history of how India has fared at the Olympics over the past century, and a look at how the Indian Olympics world has changed in the last decade. Which brings us to the question: How good is India’s preparation for Tokyo 2020? Can Tokyo be the gamechanger Indian sport wants it to be and hopes it will be?

Artwork_hci Behind a Billion Screens: What Television Tells Us About Modern India
Nalin Mehta’s  book, released in May 2015, is a national best-seller and was long-listed as Business Book of the Year by Tata Literary Live. It looks closely at what is happening to India’s television industry, how is it adapting to the rapid changes in the country and what India’s television programming tells us about the state of the nation? Television touches almost everyone. It is rapidly expanding and becoming socially ever-more powerful but is simultaneously facing a crisis of credibility. In Behind a Billion Screens, Nalin Mehta examines how television works in India, how TV channels make their money or not and what this means for the cacophony that appears on our screens.

olympics book Olympics the India Story
“Pioneering and long awaited book”, as The Hindustan Times called it, this highly acclaimed book was hailed by Ashis Nandy as the “first comprehensive, scholarly and yet lively account of India’s experiences with the Olympics”. It has been praised as a “triumph of Olympian proportions, worthy of a gold medal of its own” (New Indian Express)

Sellotape Legacy: Delhi and the Commonwealth Games Sellotape Legacy: Delhi and the Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games were Delhi’s biggest sporting event ever, and also one that left a large imprint of national politics, also becoming a byword and the ills in India’s polity. Published in the months ahead of the Games, this book, a non-fiction bestseller was a “blazing expose” of “what a humongous mess” they became.

India on Television: How Satellite News Channels Changed the Way We Think and Act India on Television: How Satellite News Channels Changed the Way We Think and Act
Winner of Asian Publishing Award for Best Book/Best Writer on Asian Media
This pioneering and highly acclaimed book traces the evolution of satellite television in India and how it effected major changes in political culture, the state, and expressions of nationhood. Explaining how television was adapted to suit Indian conditions, the book specifically focuses on the emergence of satellite news channels. It shows how live television used new forms of technology to plug into existing modes of communication, which in turn led to the creation of a new visual language – national, regional and local.

Television in India: Satellites Politics and Cultural Change Television in India: Satellites Politics and Cultural Change
This book examines the development of television in India since the early 1990s, and its implications for Indian society more widely. Until 1991, India possessed only a single state-owned television channel, but since then there has been a rapid expansion in independent satellite channels which came as a complete break from the statist control of the past. This book explores this transformation, explaining how television, a medium that developed in the industrial West, was adapted to suit Indian conditions, and in turn has altered Indian social practices, making possible new ways of imagining identities, conducting politics and engaging with the state.

Gujarat Beyond Gandhi Gujarat Beyond Gandhi
The birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and the land that produced Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, Gujarat has been at the centre-stage of South Asia’s political iconography for more than a century. This highly acclaimed book provides “new insights into the understanding the enigma of Gujarat” (Indian Express).. and the “dominant impulses of identity formation, cultural change, political mobilisation, religious movements and modes of communication that define modern Gujarat” (PTI)

The Changing Face of Cricket From Imperial to Global Game The Changing Face of Cricket From Imperial to Global Game
The Changing Face of Cricket is an indispensable guide to cricket’s many cultural contours, uncovering its social meaning and its deeper imprint. It is
“a painstaking and commendable effort to study the complex cultural impact of cricket from imperial times to the present day of globalization…a comprehensive and highly welcome multidisciplinary examination of the evolution of cricket against broader social and political context, covering an impressively expansive geography (Australia, the Caribbean, England, India, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe)” — Sport in Society