Gama the Great, the Lion of Punjab

How one wrestler embarrassed the British Empire.

Nikesh Shukla

February 19, 2020

Gama the Great, the Lion of Punjab
The Great Gama Horizontal

In 1910, an Indian wrestler became the strongest man in the world, and newspapers around the world wrote that his feats of strength were inspiring rebellions in India. He won the world championship belt in the worst possible way, but I won’t spoil it for you. This is a story about strength, about people becoming symbols for larger struggles, and how one person can make a difference.