“I apologize, on behalf of the country”: Chhetri addresses racism

Remember the Golden Rule? Treat others the way you want to be treated. It’s high time we follow it unbiasedly. “Don’t do things which if you were there are going to hurt you or trouble you. It’s very basic.”

Indian Football team captain Sunil Chhetri communicated with his followers on the impeding issue of racism against people belonging to the North-East amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As the world battles the invisible enemy, people of Chinese descent are blamed for the creation and spread of the virus. Slowly, all people who look a certain way, of a certain Asian ethnicity, faced attacks from social unrest.

Giving hope to his fans in a video message, he said, “It won’t be easy, but staying indoors will allow you and your loved ones to stay safe. Be safe, we have to fight this battle together” the Indian Football Captain Sunil Chhetri tweeted.

While he appeals the citizens to fight the battle against Covid 19, there is another battle which needs to be fought- the battle against racism towards Northeast people.

The hostility and racism faced by Northeastern people in other states is beyond unacceptable. These include instances where Northeastern people are being called “Corona” or “Coronavirus”, are being spit on, being told that they are not Indians and that they don’t allow foreigners in grocery stores, forced to undergo 24-hours quarantine despite of showing no symptoms and made to vacate housing facilities, to name a few.

The report, ‘Coronavirus Pandemic: India’s Mongoloid Looking People Face Upsurge Of Racism’ released on Thursday cited at least 22 cases of racial discrimination or hate crimes against such people between February 7 and March 25.

Remember the Golden Rule? Treat others the way you want to be treated. It’s high time we follow it unbiasedly.

“Don’t do things which if you were there are going to hurt you or trouble you. It’s very basic.”

The skipper released a video to take a stand against racism being faced by fellow citizens. He calls out to these shameful incidents unabashedly and to whoever so is doing or participating in such violent behavior to “just cut this out, this is not right”. He furthermore apologizes on behalf of the country to fellow citizens who have faced such discrimination or who have been bullied.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umW-P8ODCy0

“This is the last thing we need right now.”

He furthermore requested the citizens to contribute in any form possible. Be it big or small. The ones who have ample of resources, more than required, please give it back to the society. Small gestures make a huge difference, provide meals to as many people as you can, if possible pay for your daily workers, and to try and arrange food for people who are in need, so that they stay as it will be easier to identify patients and to work to win the war.

On March 31, Indian Football Captain @chetrisunil11 and several team members came forward to collectively contribute to the PM-Cares fund to fight against the ongoing pandemic COVID 19.

The captain spoke proudly about his team members coming forward to contribute, “few of them have just started their career, they are not paid as handsomely as the other senior ones”.

“When word got out, even some who have long stopped pulling on an India shirt, turned up and asked to be counted. That’s what a team is all about” he shared.

Furthermore, Defender Pritam Kotal contributed Rs 50,000 to the West Bengal Chief Minister’s fund. On the other hand, midfielder Pronoy Halder took up the responsibility of providing food to some underprivileged kids who earn their bread on a daily basis. Halder also donated Rs 20,000 to the CM relief fundAlso, Prabir Das contributed Rs 50,000 while Arindam Bhattacharjee donated Rs 25,000 to the fund.

By: Paromita Gupta

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