The Madras Club, founded in 1832, is one of India’s oldest colonial-era clubs. Photo: Handout
The Madras Club, founded in 1832, is one of India’s oldest colonial-era clubs. Photo: Handout
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At India’s colonial-era clubs, allure of elite membership trumps archaic rules

  • The members-only clubs were established in the late 1800s by the British as a place for white men to socialise
  • Today, only the who’s who in India are allowed to join these clubs, some of which continue preserving rules such as banning women from having voting rights

The Madras Club, founded in 1832, is one of India’s oldest colonial-era clubs. Photo: Handout
The Madras Club, founded in 1832, is one of India’s oldest colonial-era clubs. Photo: Handout
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