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Being Muslim in South AsiaDiversity and Daily Life$
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Robin Jeffrey and Sen Ronojoy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198092063

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092063.001.0001

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A Million Salutes

A Million Salutes

India’s Mohammedan Sporting Club1

(p.330) Chapter Fifteen A Million Salutes
Being Muslim in South Asia

Ronojoy Sen

Oxford University Press

The victory of the Calcutta football club, Mohun Bagan, over an all-white British regimental team in the final of the 1911 IFA Shield, the premier football tournament in India at the time, is justly regarded as historic. However, yet another remarkable feat – the Mohammedan Sporting Club winning the Calcutta League five times on the trot between 1934 and 1938 besides other major tournaments – is mostly forgotten. This chapter explores the history of Mohammedan Sporting from the time it was formed in 1891. It examines the sporting exploits of the club against the backdrop of communal politics of India in the 1930s and 1940s. The main thrust of the chapter is on the history of the club till the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, after which the club never matched its earlier performances on the football field.

Keywords:   sport, football, communalism, Muslim League, Calcutta, Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Bombay Pentangular

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