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The Quest for Manhood: Masculine Hinduism and Nation in Bengal

The Quest for Manhood: Masculine Hinduism and Nation in Bengal Seven millions sons, oh devoted Mother, you have made into Bengalis, not men. —Rabindranath Tagore, “Bongo Mata” (“Mother Bengal”) oal!” thundered eighty thousand spectators in Calcutta’s soccer adium when Abilash Ghosh of Mohun Bagan grabbed a quick pass from Shibdas Bhaduri and hit the ball into the net again York. Within two minutes the final match for the Indian Football Association (IFA) shield between York, a British military tm, and Mohun Bagan, a tm of Calcutta Bengalis, came to an end on 29 July 1911. So electrifying was the victory for the Bengalis that many arted tring their shirts and waving them in the air. Even members of the Moslem Sporting Club (a pioneering soccer tm of Bengal Muslims), forgetting bitter moments of Hindu-Muslim conflict during the anti-partition movement that took place between 1903 and 1911, “went almo mad . . . [arted] rolling on the ground . . . on the victory of their Hindu brethren.” The event became international news as Reuters reported that “for the fir time in the hiory of Indian Football, a core Bengali tm, Mohun Bagan, won the IFA Shield by defting a competent White tm.” Euphoria did not die down as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Duke University Press

The Quest for Manhood: Masculine Hinduism and Nation in Bengal

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Duke University Press
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© 2006 by Duke University Press
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1089-201X
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1089-201X
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Abstract

Seven millions sons, oh devoted Mother, you have made into Bengalis, not men. —Rabindranath Tagore, “Bongo Mata” (“Mother Bengal”) oal!” thundered eighty thousand spectators in Calcutta’s soccer adium when Abilash Ghosh of Mohun Bagan grabbed a quick pass from Shibdas Bhaduri and hit the ball into the net again York. Within two minutes the final match for the Indian Football Association (IFA) shield between York, a British military tm, and Mohun Bagan, a tm of Calcutta Bengalis, came to an end on 29 July 1911. So electrifying was the victory for the Bengalis that many arted tring their shirts and waving them in the air. Even members of the Moslem Sporting Club (a pioneering soccer tm of Bengal Muslims), forgetting bitter moments of Hindu-Muslim conflict during the anti-partition movement that took place between 1903 and 1911, “went almo mad . . . [arted] rolling on the ground . . . on the victory of their Hindu brethren.” The event became international news as Reuters reported that “for the fir time in the hiory of Indian Football, a core Bengali tm, Mohun Bagan, won the IFA Shield by defting a competent White tm.” Euphoria did not die down as

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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2006

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