Research Articles

Cricket and modernity: international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of the Imperial Game

Abstract This introductory essay seeks to contextualize the contributions in this journal special issue on cricket by comparing and contrasting cricket with other sports. Though not wishing to portray cricket in essentialist terms, or as temporally fixed or uncontested, the essay suggests that cricket has certain peculiar features which are not only celebrated by cricket […..]

I Witness: Partial Observations by Kapil Sibal

The abstractions of poetry and the hustle bustle of contemporary politics seldom go together. Indian political elites, particularly in the early period, however, have had a long tradition of respect for the literary form. Ramachandra Guha once documented a beautiful encounter between Nehru and the legendary poet, Suryakant Nirala. Soon after a visit to China, […..]

It’s Not Just Sport: Delhi and the Olympic Torch Relay

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Abstract: This paper literally follows the Indian leg of the Olympic flame relay in Delhi and focuses on how the relay personifies intercultural encounters, conflict, and negotiation. Focusing on the harmonious, sometimes perilous encounters with the officials, protesters, and discourses, a context is created for understanding the significance for the Olympic movement and what it […..]

Games of Self-Respect: A Colony at the Olympics

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EXTRACT India was the first colonised Asian nation to take part in the Olympic Games. Its embrace of the Olympic movement, while still a British colony, was no mere coincidence. It was intricately linked to the forces of nationalism, the politics of self-respect and indeed the inculcation of what has been called the British ‘Games […..]

Breaking News, Indian Style: Politics, Democracy and Indian News Television

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This article outlined the wider historical and political themes around Indian television and its political impact. Some reviews of this book …an imposing effort to combine scholarship with new perspectives on the changing landscape of the popular modes of self-expression in the region. It is bound to attract the attention of both academics and general […..]

Negotiating 24-Hour News: Satellite Television, Democratic Politics and Globalization in Contemporary India

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The great Indian Willow Trick: Cricket, nationalism and India’s TV news revolution, 1998–2005

Abstract The emergence of India as the financial and spiritual heart of world cricket in the 1990s is intrinsically linked to India’s satellite TV revolution in the same period. The 1990s began with just one Indian television channel – the state owned Doordarshan – but by 2006, Indian viewers were remote-controlling their way through more […..]