Q. 4 B3.9( 7 Votes )

Give brief explanations for the following:

Mahatma Gandhi condemned the pentangular tournament.

Answer :

This history of gymkhana cricket led to first-class cricket being organized on communal and racial lines. The teams that played colonial India’s greatest and most famous first-class cricket tournament did not represent regions, as teams in today’s Ranji Trophy currently do, but religious communities. The tournament was initially called the Quadrangular, because it was played by four teams: the Europeans, the Parsis, the Hindus and the Muslims. It later became the Pentangular when a fifth team was added, namely, the Rest, which comprised all the communities left over, such as the Indian Christians. For example, Vijay Hazare, a Christian, played for the Rest. By the late 1930s and early 1940s, journalists, cricketers and political leaders had begun to criticize the racial and communal foundations of the pentangular tournament. . Mahatma Gandhi, condemned the pentangular tournament as a communally divisive competition that was out of place in a time when nationalists were trying to unite India’s diverse population.


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