India is home to several different cultures, societies and religions. Our unity despite diversity is lauded by countries around the world. But in this peace loving nation which often covers its inner atrocities with an outer layer full of flaws, racism has been one of the biggest social evils prevailing in the country from times immortal. Let’s be honest we are biased over skin colour and tend to discriminate regularly.

Several personalities on many occasions have hit back at people who judge them and others on basis of their skin colour. Indian cricketer Abhinav Mukund is the latest to slam racism with a powerful message on Twitter.

Criticising the way people would judge him based on his dark skin shade and skin colour, the left-handed batsman wrote,  “I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not once have I regretted the fact that I have trained or lost a couple of shades.”

The Tamil Nadu cricketer took a dig at racists and wrote, “Fair isn’t the only lovely or handsome”. He urged everyone to stay true to their own selves and be comfortable in their own skin.

Here is Mukund’s letter:

At present Mukund is in Sri Lanka with team India. He scored a brilliant 81 in the second innings of the first Test in Galle. The 21-year-old has played 7 Test matches for India scoring 321 runs.

Twitter was quick to react to the cricketer’s post, lauding him for taking a step towards reducing the evil. Ravichandran Ashwin was among the few to support his teammate.

First Published | 10 August 2017 4:19 PM
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