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Elephant in the Stadium

by Arunabha Sengupta

The Myth and Magic of India's Epochal Win

India’s first Test series win in England in 1971 was epic and magical, with a resonance far beyond the scorecards. In the background were the British illusions of moral and cultural superiority even as decolonisation went through its final phase. The Indians often accepted these illusions as they struggled for the most basic necessities of life, battling against poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy.

Elephant in the Stadium examines the many reasons for the myth and magic that still surround the triumph, including the complex historical relationship between Britain and India.

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