The sports I like are all completely made up, usually by the English or Scottish, and would be completely alien to foreign invaders. Boxing is easy to understand, but I’m not a big fan. I need complicated, convoluted rules which can only be passed down through the generations by watching or playing the sport.
Arj had found a kindred spirit at last. Not only was he impressed with her courage and swimming skills, but on that day when he saw her, he thought he had seen a phenomenon even more stunning and radiant than the sun that he had gone up to look at. It was a vision of shining loveliness that set his heart pounding.
“She wouldn’t tell me her name, and she was heavily veiled, so, I couldn’t see her face. When I tried to find out who she was, she warned me that if she didn’t speak to you guys, our country would be reduced to rubble. That’s when I came looking for you. Oh, and she spoke to me in Arabic.”
As communal relations between Hindus and Muslims deteriorated and rioting became a recurrent feature of public life in many parts of India, the space for Hindu nationalism reopened. But it was a space that the Congress never vacated.