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India Rugby has capacity to inspire
Sandwiched between the intimidating lighting towers of Eden Gardens, one of those soaring concrete cathedrals dedicated to the worship of Indian cricket, and the chaotic cacophony that is Indian traffic, theKolkata Jungle Crows rugby club is one of the most extraordinary I have ever come across. And the most inspiring.
To place the Jungle Crows into any sort of context it is necessary to have a wider understanding of India's second largest city, and the pressures exerted on it by the millions of refugees who fled there, either in the wake of partition in 1947 or of the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.
In marvelling at the heroic efforts that are being made by the club's leaders to serve their community, in particular boys and girls largely deprived of any recreational sporting opportunities, you can't help feeling shamed by the ego-driven, materialistic excesses of the professional game in both of the world's hemispheres.