ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Paan Singh Tomar, the Nation and the Sportsperson

The citizens of any country need various emblems to help imagine themselves as a nation and sport has naturally been an important one. In this essay constructed around the fi lm Paan Singh Tomar the author refl ects upon sports nationalism in India and the State's role in fostering the nation, especially with the State weakening in past two decades. The essay also examines the transformation of Indian cricket and the creation of superstars - India became a cricketing power with the World Cup triumph of 1983 but it was only with the economic liberalisation of the P V Narasimha Rao era that cricket gradually became the nation's obsession.

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