ISBN 9789350293362,Bhiwani Junction: The Inside Story Of Boxing In India

Bhiwani Junction: The Inside Story Of Boxing In India



Harper Collins Publishers Inc

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789350293362

ISBN-10 9350293366


Number of Pages 304 Pages
Language (English)

Sports & outdoor recreation

Havana. Harlem. Haryana. There is a thread that runs through these centres of excellence in boxing... They are places where young boys can choose a career in crime if they want to, and they often do. Or, turn to boxing. Vijender Singhs one bronze medal in Beijing has changed the fortunes of an entire sport in India. At the very least, it dramatically transformed one town: Bhiwani. Or did Bhiwani transform Indian boxing? The nation now knows Bhiwani as being synonymous with the handsome Olympian heartthrob and then some. Boxing is the new sexy, Vijender is the face of it, and Bhiwani is its home. But inspiring as that tale is and considerable though Indias successes in the sport have been since his bronze, the story as is true of everything in India is more complex. The sport has a long and meandering history, a Raj connection and a nationalist one, and decades of Indian rule and misrule. There have been many boxing centres in the country, beginning with Calcutta and Mumbai. The state of Manipur has had a long, conflicted history with the sport, as has the Indian Army. Blood, sweat, tears and a healthy dose of conspiracy: the story of Indian boxing is dramatic, simultaneously dispiriting and inspiring. About the Author: Shamya Dasgupta is a sports journalist who has dabbled in pretty much every medium that journalism has to offer: the web, newspapers, radio, magazines, even academic journals and, for the last seven years, news television. He is currently a senior editor with Wisden India.