Indian Test cricketer Abhinav Mukund took a brave stand against racism in the country in an emotional post on Twitter. Abhinav happens to be from Chennai, one of the country’s hottest cities where it is no uncommon to be dark-skinned. In a touching message on Twitter, Mukund shared a note that mentions: “I am writing today not to garner sympathy or attention but … with the hope to change the mindset of people on an issue I feel strongly about (sic),” he posted in a length picture Tweet.
After the emotional tweet, Mukund now has found support from many of his team members including captain Virat Kohli, all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary.
Kohli tweeted: “Very well said Abhinav” while Ashwin said: “Read and learn, don’t make it a headline cos its someone’s emotion.”
Very well said Abhinav. 👌
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 10, 2017
Read and learn, don’t make it a headline cos its someone’s emotion. https://t.co/AnN9EMofj2
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 10, 2017
Hardik Pandya wrote, “Muk on point ������ I love ��”
Muk on point 👌🏻🙏🏻👍🏻 I love 👶🏾 https://t.co/s6e4Xb5H7t
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 10, 2017
He also found support from Manoj Tiwary and badminton star Jwala Gutta who said, ” said: “Corrrrrectttt”. Meanwhile, Tiwary wrote, “Well said ABHINAV �”
Well said ABHINAV 👏
— Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) August 9, 2017
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 10, 2017
Interestingly, Mukund also found support from general masses and media in particular. However, it remains surprising that in a country like India where dark skin is common, there is still an obsession with fair skin. Top celebrities continue to endorse fairness products whose taglines border around ‘being fair is being successful and being dark is not.’ It’s time to change the myth and Mukund has done a commendable job by providing this eye-opener.
Mukund’s comments that vent viral
“Ever since I was young, people’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me. Anyone who follows cricket would understand the obvious. I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades.
— Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 9, 2017
“It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoor. I come from Chennai, probably one of the hottest places in our country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground.
“I have been subject to a lot of name calling and I have laughed and shrugged it off because I had bigger goals! Affected young, I toughened up because this was never something that would pull me down.
“There were many times when I chose not to dignify these insults with responses. Today I speaking up, not just for me but for many from our country who experience ridicule based on the colour of one’s skin.
“With the rise of social media, it has gone to a magnitude that I see people hurling abuses left, right and centre at something I have absolutely no control over.
“Fair isn’t the only lovely or handsome guys.
“Stay true, stay focused, be comfortable in your own skin.”