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Bhiwani Junction: The Untold Story of Boxing in India

Bhiwani Junction: The Untold Story of Boxing in India

by Shamya Dasgupta  
Language: English
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Book Summary of Bhiwani Junction: The Untold Story of Bo...


Key Features

  • This is the first book to be written on the history of the boxing in India
  • A topical book, considering that the Olympics are just about to begin and Indian boxers are expected to make a mark
  • Olympic boxers and others involved in the sport would be part of the publicity and promotion of the book, including Vijender Singh

About the Book: Bhiwani Junction: The Inside Story of Boxing in India

'Havana. Harlem. Haryana. There is a thread thatruns 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 Singh's 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 India's 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

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.


Details Of Book : Bhiwani Junction: The Untold Story of Bo...

Book: Bhiwani Junction: The Untold Story of Boxing in India
ISBN: 9350293366
ISBN-13: 9789350293362
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 2012-06-15
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Number of Pages: 304
Language: English
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