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Groves to face Douglin in ‘calculated risk’

first_imgGeorge Groves and James DeGale will both be in action at the Echo Arena on 22 November.It has been announced that Groves will face American Denis Douglin at the Liverpool venue, where his arch-rival and fellow West Londoner DeGale is already scheduled to fight former world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban of Mexico.The super-middleweights, who met in May 2011 when Groves narrowly beat DeGale on points, are on course to challenge for world titles next year.DeGale is the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt held by Nottingham’s Carl Froch, who followed up a controversial win over Groves by knocking out the Hammersmith man in their rematch at Wembley in May.“I want to box as regularly as possible and I’m confident I can get the job done.”George GrovesGroves bounced back from those defeats – his first two losses – by beating Christopher Rebrasse last month, picking up the European title and more importantly becoming the mandatory challenger to face WBC champion Anthony Dirrell.“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,” said Groves.“This is a chance for me to impress on a big card. I plan to steal the show.“It’s a calculated risk, lose this fight and I lose my shot at Dirrell. But I want to stay active. I want to box as regularly as possible and I’m confident I can get the job done.“I’ve good memories of fighting at the Echo Arena. It’s been a happy hunting ground for me in the past. I fought my third professional fight there against Paul Samuels and I picked up a lot of fans in Liverpool that night.“They’re a lively bunch and I hope to bump into a few of them when I’m back in November.”Douglin, who has a record of 17-3 with 10 knockouts, said: “This is a big opportunity for me.“Win this fight and I’m a step closer to realising my dream of becoming world champion.“Groves is a great boxer. It will be a tough fight but I’m ready to cause an upset. I’m coming to fight my fight and to beat Groves on his home turf.”The Liverpool show is headlined by a rematch between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew.The pair are meeting at cruiserweight, with Liverpudlian Bellew having previously lost on points to Wales’ Cleverly in a light-heavyweight world title fight.See also:Groves & DeGale weigh in ahead of fightsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Palash Krishna Mehrotra on why Dhoni has shoe problems

first_imgAn Andhra Pradesh court has issued a warrant against Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. His crime: he appeared on the cover of Business Today magazine, photoshopped as Lord Vishnu. The story is about the number of endorsements he has under his belt. The cover shows Dhoni holding a different product in each hand – a bottle of cola, a mobile phone, engine oil…so far, so good…and a shoe.Aesthetically speaking, the morphed, many-armed image is an Indian design cliche. India Today’s Hindi edition carried a similar image of Dhoni on the cover, except here he was holding a cricket bat and a trophy.ParadoxMahendra Singh Dhoni with N. SrinivasanThe complainant alleges Dhoni has hurt the feelings of the Hindu community. One, it is disrespectful to depict a mortal as Vishnu – a god who is selling products. Two, the image is even more denigrating because Vishnu is holding a shoe.Sania Mirza too had a case against her because a photo showed her with her feet up after a match – her shoes were too close to the tricolour. Let’s leave aside for the moment the absurdity of these cases, usually filed by cranks on the flimsiest of pretexts. The target is a celebrity and the idea to garner some spotlight for oneself.India, especially ancient rural India, has been described as a barefoot country. Our gods are barefoot too, except Surya, the sun god, who wears boots. In the Buddhist period, sandals with straps were common. Foot hygiene was important. Venetian explorer Nicolo Conti writes about the 800 bathing houses in Agra that provided foot massages. Ornate bronze foot scrubbers with ribbed surfaces were used to clean the soles.advertisementAscetics wore padukas or open toeknob sandals. Sir Thomas Roe commented on Aurangzeb’s shoes: “a pair of buskins embroidered with pearls.” Mochis were considered the lowest of castes because they dabbled in leather, which is the reason why Gandhi, in addition to spinning cloth, also busied himself making shoes.There is a paradox on how Indian culture approaches feet. On the one hand, feet are venerated. We touch our elders’ feet; there is the ceremonial washing of the feet of idols. You beg forgiveness by falling at someone’s feet. In classical erotica, the woman massages her feet with oils and decorates it with red alta, and embellishes them with toe-rings and anklets. We worship footprints. Buddhists worship the Bodhi tree under which Buddha got enlightenment and where his footprints, it is believed, still remain, amulets of Vishnu’s footprints ward of the evil eye, and we paint Lakshmi’s footprints on the ground during Diwali.PollutingAt the same time, the feet and the shoe are considered polluting. We leave our shoes outside the temple, even homes. A visit to the church, on the other hand, requires you to put on your best pair. If your feet touches someone else’s, you immediately touch the spot where the shoe made contact, then bring the hand to your left eye, and then the right. Any contact with the lowest part of the body is considered an insult. And so the summons served on Dhoni – Vishnu holding a shoe is insulting.The second problem the complainant has in the Dhoni case is that a god is being mixed up with selling products, the shoe being the most abhorrent. But Hindu gods have always been used in the service of capitalism. It is in the great tradition. As art historian Jyotindra Jain points out in Bombay/ Mumbai: Visual Histories of a City, most Bombay-based companies issued multi-chrome single-sheet religious calendars until the end of the 1930s. The images were selected from pre-existing pictures made by artists like Ravi Varma and Dhurandhar.ProblematicHindustan Lever’s Vinolia soap calendar reproduced Varma’s Saraswati standing in a lotus pond and playing the vina; the 1933 calendar for Lever’s Sunlight soap sports an image for the sun god Surya flanked by two female chauri bearers, and riding his chariot pulled by seven horses; and Woodward’s Gripe Water calendars used images of the child Krishna. An ad for Panama cigarettes on the cover of Film India magazine featured apsaras luxuriating in heaven. No one took offence. In fact, as Jain writes, these calendars with Hindu themes were “designed to be framed, put behind glass and worshipped.These glazed and framed pictures became completed domestic altars wherein the glass not only received ritual vermilion marks, but also acted as a liminal wall between the sacred and the polluted.” In this light, the Business Today cover becomes a harmless play on the very-acceptable calendar art of the last century.advertisementThe shoe still remains a problem. Let me conclude with the story of Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney General Muhammed Khurshid, who cleaned shoes outside the Golden Temple as “penance for crimes committed by the Taliban.” The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board termed his act ‘anti-Islam’, and he was sacked for giving Pakistan a ‘bad image’.The lesson: the shoe remains a fraught entity in our part of the world. Stay away from it. Best that we still go it barefoot, uncomfortable though it may be.The writer is the author of The Butterfly Generationlast_img read more