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

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

Topic |   India
The Madras Club, founded in 1832, is one of India’s oldest colonial-era clubs. Photo: HandoutThe 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
READ FULL ARTICLE
Close
We need your support

Advertising helps us continue to provide quality content. Help support us by disabling your adblocker on our site.

How to whitelist us:
  1. 1
    Click on the AdBlock icon at the top right corner of your browser.
    For iOS, go to Settings/Safari/Content Blockers and turn it off.

    For Android, go to your Ad blocker app/Settings and turn it off.
  2. 2
    Click Enabled on this site until the text reads Disabled on this site.
  3. 2
    Click the cross icon on the top right corner to close this window and refresh the page.
  4. 3
    Click the cross icon on the top right corner to close this window and refresh the page.