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Fair is not the only lovely or handsome: Mukund

| | New Delhi

Indian cricketer Abhinav Mukund has slammed racial abuse on social media, saying that he has himself been at the receiving end of insults and ridicule for his skin tone.

In a statement posted on his Twitter page, Mukund expressed his disappointment at some of messages sent to him targetting his skin tone.

"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," his statement, posted last night, read.

"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."

Further, the 27-year-old said that he has been subjected to this abuse for long and it has not ended. "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 magnitude that I see people hurling abuses left, right and centre at something I have absolutely no control over!

"Fair is not the only lovely or handsome guys! Stay true, stay focussed and be comfortable in your own skin," he concluded.

In his latest post this morning, the 27-year-old Mukund made it clear that his statement has nothing to do with Indian team. "Guys please don't turn this into something else,it has absolutely no connection to anyone in the team. It is mainly targeted at people who have been posting abuses about colour and saying absolutely derogatory things about the tone of my skin. That’s all !," he tweeted.

Kohli, Ashwin endorse Mukund's stand

India players including captain Virat Kohli on Thursday backed their teammate Abhinav Mukund's strong stand against racial abuse.

"Very well said Abhinav," tweeted Kohli.

Not just Kohli, Mukund's view was endorsed by Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya.

"Read and learn, don't make it a headline cos its someone's emotion," wrote Ashwin.

 
 
 

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