India is sometimes called the birthplace of chess, which is not entirely true. Modern chess is just a distant descendant of ancient Indian chaturanga game, which has four participants, and the movements are determined by throwing dice.
And just through a long evolutionary process, which spread from India to the Middle East and then penetrated Europe, this game took the form of modern chess in the late Middle Ages. However, in chess in India there is something to be proud of – the 15th world champion – India Viswanathan Anand.
That, perhaps, is all that can be said about Indian athletic performance. For the most popular and democratic sport, sometimes called football, India’s FIFA national team in August 2016 took 152 positions! If you want to know how Hindustan people feel about the game of millions, I recommend getting acquainted with an interesting post on LiveJournal.
author of the post has a lot of irony about Indian yoke look at the game, which in other countries is becoming an excuse for riots, with indifferent facial expressions. However, this position has a big plus that in India, there are no aggressive football fans disturbing peaceful residents not only in Europe and Latin America, but also in Turkey and Egypt.
Many will find that the Unportsmanlikility, the Indians, has returned for centuries and is associated with the contemplative attitude inherent in Hinduism. Indeed, acquainted with Indian sculpture, we will not see men with strong and muscular curves sculpted, as in ancient images.
In the construction of houses in India – at Kamasutra, when listing the 64 arts that an educated citizen should own, some of the physical exercises of Muslims are mentioned in the last place.
However, when describing daily routines, there are no questions about physical education. This is a very significant difference between the “citizens” of “Kama Sutra” from the citizens of ancient policies who could not imagine life without the usual sports.
As we can see, the ancient Indians were completely indifferent to sports, albeit very cruel, although “physical education and mass sports” were not common among them.