Remember how actor Abhay Deol launched what seemed like an online campaign that called out actors who endorsed fairness creams? As powerful as that seemed, it is now cricketer Abhinav Mukund’s compelling post against racial discrimination and people’s obsession with fair skin that is now creating ripples on the Internet. Mukund took to Twitter on August 10 and shared a post with the bottomline “Fair isn’t the only lovely or handsome, guys!” Evidently, the post touched the hearts of many, who lauded the cricketer for his brave act of not succumbing to the society’s whims.
While he clarified that he wasn’t writing this to gain sympathy or attention but only with the hope to change the mindset of the society about an issue that he feels strongly about. Other sports personalities like Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Jwala Gutta and Manoj Tiwary also took to the micro-blogging site to render their support to the left-handed batsman. “I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me. 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. Any one who follows cricket would understand the obvious. 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.”
Read his tweet here.
— Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 9, 2017
Meanwhile, here are the reactions his post inspired on the micro-blogging site.
Very well said Abhinav. 👌
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 10, 2017
Well said ABHINAV 👏
— Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) August 9, 2017
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 10, 2017
There are ppl who loves you frm bottom of their heart including myslf.So dnt care abt those losers.We love u the way you’re❤Way to Go Champ✌
— Nandhini subramanian (@Nandhinisp) August 9, 2017
<3 More power to you Abhi
— SA (@Aravind_SA) August 10, 2017
Well spoken Mukund..
— Gautam Bhattacharya (@gbsaltlake) August 10, 2017
Perfect.. the obsession with fair skin is something that irks and disappoints.
— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) August 9, 2017
Beatifully expressed. I’m from PK n ths is a subcontinental problem where racism is inherent as a non issue in our mindset since childhood.
— Majid Khan Niazi (@majidkniazi) August 9, 2017
Very well replied @mukundabhinav n waise bhi logo ka kam h kehna & single tweets status nvr changed dere thinking.But we always support you😊
— ❤🎷Archi Agarwal❤🎷 (@archi_2504) August 9, 2017
Well said..@mukundabhinav. People should respect others feeling n emotions not by their colour.
— Rishav Kumar (@rishav81098) August 10, 2017
Lol Pity on those people who thinks Skin color is a way to identify success of a person
N we know Abhinav ur success is reply to them ✌❤
— Monika Rana (@Yuvi_nika) August 10, 2017