Mahatma Gandhi’s experiments with football – resistance vs racism in South Africa


Samiran Mishra | Football Paradise
April 2018 | 10-minute read

He was never a serious player himself, but seems to have taken the game to heart, above even his first loves of cricket and cycling – perhaps because at the time football was the favourite sport of the less-affluent classes. In South Africa, he must have quickly realised that the game’s popularity among the country’s disadvantaged communities made it a particularly effective means of reaching the people whose political sensibilities Gandhi most wanted to arouse.

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