There is a common claim that India refused to play with shoes during the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
The India Times article says
According to India's Sports Illustrated magazine, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced that the team would not attend the World Cup, citing "disagreements over team selection, and insufficient practice time."
Nowhere in any of the discussions at the time was the barefoot issue. It might certainly have been something that would have annoyed the Indian team, but it did not appear as though it was the main reason for the team refusing to travel to Brazil.
So why did they not go? Was it lack of enthusiasm from the officials or some other reason which did not come to light?
It does seem as if the real reason has never conclusively been known.
What was the real reason for India pulling out of the 1950 World Cup?