The ever so prevailing issue of racism has been in news since the action taken on George Floyd by cops led to his sad demise in United States of America. The incident has caused a lot of anguish among people and massive protests have been going around worldwide.
Joining the protest, former Indian cricket Dodda Ganesh shared a heartwarming message from Abhinav Mukund who had written it back in 2017 about how racism impacted his life in a very negative way and how he dealt with it. Ganesh had a pretty similar story as well.
Back in August 2017,Former India and Tamilnadu batsman Abhinav Mukund had a very emotional and eye opening story to share. He wrote,
“ 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. 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. 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 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. 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.”
Since the issue of racism has become a massive talking point in the world, former Indian and Karnataka fast bowler Dodda Ganesh shared this message of Mukund on his Twitter handle. He also wrote
This story of @mukundabhinav, reminded me of the racial jibes I went through in my playing days. Only an Indian legend was witness to it. It only made me strong & didn’t deter me from playing for Ind & ovr 100 mts for Karnataka @StarSportsKan
ಕಪ್ಪಗಿರೋರು ಮನುಷ್ಯರೇ. ಮೊದಲು ಮಾನವರಾಗಿ. pic.twitter.com/ZV8c8YPmpM
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) June 3, 2020
Racism is a very enduring issue in all parts of society & country and at some point, everyone from not so fair complexion has had to face it. West Indian cricketers Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy also spoke in the support of Black lives matter asking everyone to speak up so that we could end this from our society, our planet forever.