The Life and Times of Jaipal Singh Munda’ is a biography of the legendary leader, hockey genius—who as the Captain, led India Hockey Team to Gold at Amsterdam Summer Olympics, 1928, a voice of the voiceless Adivasis, a Member of the Constituent Assembly and a brain to Fifth Schedule and Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, an excellent orator and man who conceived to rescue ‘Jharkhand’ from the womb of history.
An M.A. (Economics) from Oxford and an Oxford Hockey Blue, Jaipal quit coveted ICS career to lead Indian team at Olympics—only Olympics in history where the Gold medalist team did not concede a single goal to rivals in the entire tournament. Legendary Major Dhyan Chand was a member of this team.
Though married into the family of Indian National Congress President W.C. Bonnerjee, Jaipal dared to go against his own in-laws and formed ‘Jharkhand Party’ in order to lead his ‘Adivasi’ people to statehood by literally becoming a thorn in the Congress politics.
Jaipal was the President of Oxford Indian Majlis, a debating society. As the Principal of Rajkumar College, Raipur, Jaipal organised a football match in Calcutta, at which the school commoners played football with the royal princes of India.
Acknowledgments — Pgs. 5
Preface — Pgs. 7
The Last Flight — Pgs. 11
Lo Bir Sendra — Pgs. 24
Captain of a Movement — Pgs. 34
Constituent Assembly and Jaipal — Pgs. 63
The Second Jallianwala Bagh — Pgs. 109
Typhoon — Pgs. 120
Where Did the Rooster Go? — Pgs. 142
The Goal That Was, and Is — Pgs. 157
References — Pgs. 173
Appendix — Pgs. 174
Bibliography — Pgs. 181
Santosh Kiro studied at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and University of Madras. A former correspondent with The Telegraph, his articles have appeared in Hindustan Times, The Pioneer and The Wire as well. He is also the author of ‘Eternal Mystery’ (fiction) and ‘The Munda Folktales and Elephant Stories’. He has also co-edited two journals— ‘Antyodaya se Sarvodaya’ and ‘Jharkhand Mein Krishi: Sankalp Evam Samadhan’. A Ph.D. Research Scholar at Ranchi University, he is coming up with comparative study of Munda Philosophy with Vedic Philosophy. Presently, he teaches at St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi.