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Football and the face of Bengali nationalism

For a major chunk of the state's people, ghoti Bengalis are regarded as more authentic

Pallavi Ghosh  |  New Delhi 

Recently, a news flash showing a group of youths rallying the streets of the capital, Kolkata, and in other parts of West Bengal, triggered a host of reactions expressing alarm and surprise. Many thought this sudden shift from the realm of ideas and debate -- despite the presence of its much celebrated ‘buddhijeebi’ or intelligentsia and an equally vibrant university culture -- to a spectacle of brazen muscle-and-weapon was some sort of a break from its liberal values. All in all, the incident somehow broke the traditional image of Bengal as a ’non-violent’ and ...

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 20:42 IST
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