India’s beauty lies in its diverse population! People from each of the corners of the country differ in terms of their beliefs, culture and appearances, the only thing in common is our love for the country. So don’t you think that it’s unfair to have just one perception of beauty in this country of billions?
In a recent incident, cricketer Abhinav Mukund became a target of colour obsessed trolls on twitter. The Tamil Nadu batsman was bombarded with messages insulting his skin tone. However, this man was not someone to keep quiet about such behaviour. He took to twitter to express his disappointment and left a hard hitting message for everyone.
“I have been playing cricket since the age of 10 and I have gradually climbed the ladder to where I am right now. it is an honour to represent the country at the highest level.
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. 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 even 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 outdoors. I come from Chennai probably one of the hottest places in the country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground.
I have been subjected 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 am speaking up not just for me but for many from our country who experience ridicule based on the colour of one’s skin. Obviously, 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!
He concluded by saying “Fair is not the only lovely or handsome guys! Stay true, stay focussed and be comfortable in your own skin.” As a nation, we have a lot to learn from this and implement it in our daily lives!