Far Post: The Dream Time of the World Cup
Like other sports, football had been dubiously bequeathed to many countries in Europe's colonial endeavors, and yet sometimes it helped overturn the rules it was supposed to enforce. Just before my grandfather was born, the Calcutta team Mohun Bagan won a historic footballing victory when they became the first brown team to defeat an English side in competition in 1911.
Supriya Nair is an editor with The Caravan magazine in Delhi. She can be followed on Twitter @supriyan.