Badminton may not be of Indian origin, but the modern version of this sport certainly originates from the continental origin. Developed in British India from previous battledore and badminton games, badminton became as popular as Poona or Poonah after the town of Poona, where it was played the most. Although badminton was originally played with a team of one to four players, it later became an exclusive single and double player game. One of the most popular sports in the world when it comes to amateurism, its Asian origins mean that this part of the world also dominates its progress at the stage. China is the undisputed leader of the game, while India also quickly emerged a superpower with a talented army. These players have helped spread badminton even more in its country of origin.
Snakes and Ladders
An ancient Indian board game, Moksha Patam is famous all over the world as Snakes and Ladders, a classic entertainment mode. Developed in India as part of a dice game family in the 13th century, the game also has ethical implications. Associated with the traditional philosophy of Hinduism that opposes karma and kama, or destiny and desire, Moksha Patam is marked by ladders representing virtue and serpents symbolizing evils. The game, introduced in Victorian England in 1892, incorporates changes in its nature in line with British moral theories. It is in the UK that this iconic game has its present name. A common cultural metaphor is also evident through phrases such as ‘back to the square’.
Polo may essentially be a sport native to Central Asia, but its modern version is a sport derived from its popularity in the Indian state of Manipur like sagol kangjei, kanjai- bazee or pulu. But despite the link in northeast India, it was Mughal Babur himself who popularized the sport in India and helped it become famous in England and the world. The Imphal football field in Manipur is in fact the oldest in the world. Polo is usually played on a horse but the British in India have also played the sport from the back of an elephant – a form still popular in some parts of India. A four-handed, polo game currently played in many countries with their own regional distinctions.