The best way to begin a dispassionate assessment of free India’s sporting odyssey across 75 years is by turning our backs on today. Or at least from the July promos of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, featuring flag-waving, rapid cuts of random athletes doing sporty things, and a lingering montage of Sports Minister Anurag Thakur striding purposefully hither and thither before delivering his piece to camera. They contain many contradictory narratives – the Empire-created Commonwealth identity, the statism of our sport – and only end up blurring objectivity. (Read More)
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