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Title: Cricket and the global Indian identity
Authors: Devan, P. 
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Citation: Devan, P. (2012-12). Cricket and the global Indian identity. Sport in Society 15 (10) : 1413-1425. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Despite the widespread dispersal of Indians across the globe, there is one thing that ensures the continuation of the ethnic Indian identity - the game of cricket. This article examines the important role cricket plays in creating an Indian identity, both in India and in Indian communities overseas. I briefly trace the history of cricket in India, as during British colonial rule the game was embraced and then turned from a game of the rulers into a decolonized 'truly Indian' sport. The ability sport has to create feelings of an imagined community is one that has been noted heavily over the years - the ability to enjoy the sport does not discriminate in India, and the individual consumes sport not as an individual, but as a part of larger society. I argue that cricket occupies a unique position, in particular manages to ensure the continuation and unity of the Indian identity, as well as being an ideal tool for nation-building. Finally, I demonstrate how cricket helps to create and maintain overseas Indian communities where cricket remains one of the few direct ties to India. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Source Title: Sport in Society
ISSN: 17430437
DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2012.744210
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