Dhyan Chand

Stick Shift

After years of disappointments, Indian hockey is looking up again. So what’s the story behind the comeback? Sunday Times finds out struggling to raise funds to send Dhyan Chand’s team to the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928, when one of Indian hockey’s colonial administrators decided to approach Gandhi for help in fund-raising, the Mahatma famously responded […..]

‘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 […..]

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 […..]