News By/Courtesy: Yash Keshari | 26 Jun 2020 18:12pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Since the assassination of George Black Floyd, a black citizen in America, at the hands of the police, people have created an atmosphere in protest against apartheid and racial violence.
  • Indian sports history has a record of racial comments. Players from the northeastern states and southern regions often encounter such comments.
  • Deep down, they know that they can lose crores of rupees by making comments against cricketers like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Since the assassination of George Black Floyd, a black citizen in America, at the hands of the police, people have created an atmosphere in protest against apartheid and racial violence. After this incident, all the players also told about the racist comments made on them. In this regard, former Indian cricketer Laxmipathy Balaji said,'One can observe racial remarks in every field! From school to college.' Captain Darren Sammy, who won the T20 World Cup to the West Indies in the past, also asked fellow players to apologize when some they called him Kalu while playing IPL in 2014. Later, after the players said that they affectionately called Darren Kalu, they backed down from their demand for forgiveness.

Wild, chinky, momo!

Indian sports history has a record of racial comments. Players from the northeastern states and southern regions often encounter such comments. INDIAs international boxer Sarita Devi says that a coach always called her wild. She says that due to the slightly different face of the citizens of the northeastern states, they have also been called Chinki or Momo. Badminton player Jwala Gutta also discussed this type of behavior. They also complained about harassment while traveling on trains and buses. It is also common to call South Indian players as Madrasi in the field.

Captain Vasudevan Bhaskaran, who gave India the last hockey gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, told,

'When playing in Patiala, the spectators shouted, Kalia let it pass! I was used to such behavioral habits.'

'When I was studying at Loyola College in Chennai, Vijay Amritraj and Jayakumar Royappa also studied with me. At that time, our professors used to call the three of us dark, darker, and darkest.'

Indeed, Bhaskaran has never been bothered by such comments. But such hateful comments can hurt a player. There may not be a racist feeling behind it, but can't we avoid expressing such feelings? Recently, Yuvraj Singh got caught on social media using the word caste indicator against Yajuvendra Chahal at an event. Chahal joked about his comment, but Yuvraj had to apologize due to the pressure created by others. 

Discussing cricket, at present, without the will of India, a leaf cannot crack. The reason for this is that most of the revenue in cricket originates from India. But Indian cricketers did not have the same condition today. Earlier, when the Indian team went to play in countries like England, Australia, they often had to fall prey to racist remarks, and on most occasions, our players used to remain silent. Akash Chopra says, "When we went to play league in England in 2008, South African players always called me Paki."

It was common practice to make such comments against Indian cricketers. But since the IPL started in India in 2008, the atmosphere of world cricket has changed completely. The IPL made India's threat to world cricket. The reason for this is that this T20 league has made cricketers from all over the world rich! They are avoiding making any racist comments against Indian players. Deep down, they know that they can lose crores of rupees by making comments against cricketers like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Hence the racist remarks against Indian players came down over the years. The saying seems correct that money can surpass both angels and devils! 

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA, FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 26 Jun 2020 21:56pm IST


Tags : #Sports #India #Racism

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