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This Matchless City

This Matchless City THE NEW YEAR opened in Calcutta in very characteristic and symbolic fashion. The whole world knows about the cricket test match that wasn't at Eden Gardens on January 1. (The world apparently wanted to know more, for the local correspondent of a London daily got a first-class rocket for not having filed a story on the riots.) A quasi-judicial inquiry is now in progress; but the public thinks it already knows what was what and who did what. Nor is it believed that the appointment of the one-man commission proceeded only from some indomitable spirit of inquiry in the heart of the Chief Minister, Prafulla Sen. The world of sports, anywhere in the world, is a good deal less sporting than is summed up in the English saying "It isn't cricket". The short answer is, "It never was, madam, it never was". But in Bengal in recent years all sporting activity has been dominated by politics and crookery. Whatever facetious commentators such as this reporter might have written at the time, there was an element of poetic justice in the election of Atulya Ghosh as the president of the Indian Football Association. The fact represented other current trends in Bengal today.

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