‘Which mask can hide virus in our minds?’: Lakshmipathy Balaji on racism, discrimination
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: June 14, 2020 8:39:50 pm


Balaji Lakshmipathy Balaji performed 8 Tests and 30 ODIs. (File Photo/BCCI)

Former India cricketer Lakshimpathy Balaji stated the tendency to discriminate against people on the premise of their perceived weak point is a deep-rooted observe and one thing that he has seen from shut quarters. Asked to talk on racism, Balaji stated it’s half of a bigger drawback with mindsets that are ingrained in us from properties and colleges.

“At all levels – be it school, college, or any industry – there is a tendency among some people to target someone’s perceived weakness,” Balaji stated in a chat present Homerun with AV with sports activities commentator Arun Venugopal.

“This culture starts from our homes where elders use fat-shaming nicknames to address the child. If a kid is on the heavier side, it’s not the kid’s problem. I have seen many such instances even within my own circle. They think such nicknames are endearments, but they don’t understand how it affects the child,” stated Balaji.

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“Unless individuals of various lessons, races, and nationalities recognise the seriousness of the issue – like they’ve in the case of Covid-19 pandemic – this can’t be solved. The concern for our lives has led to larger emphasis on social hygiene. However, which mask can hide the virus [of racism and discrimination] that affects our minds?

“Traditionally we aren’t encouraged to speak up about problems like these. Now, a lot more people have begun to come forward and speak more openly about these issues. But, the spark caused by such outrage dies down soon and we move on with our lives,” stated Balaji, a veteran of 8 Tests and 30 ODIs and a hero of India’s historic tour of Pakistan in 2003/04.

He had additionally been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings in the primary three seasons of the IPL, earlier than moving to Kolkata Knight Riders and finally Kings XI Punjab.

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Balaji additionally spoke about his personal expertise of getting to face humiliation after doing badly in faculty.

“I used to be 12-13 once I was failed in class seven. If you ask me, repeating a category at a sure age can be extremely humiliating. I felt it acutely due to social pressures and the realisation that I had let down my dad and mom. That specific part affected me so much psychologically.

“I don’t think failing someone in class seven is the right thing to do. To watch my parents suffer humiliation because of it was truly difficult. It has been 25-26 years, but the scar hasn’t healed. Overcoming such humiliation, however, equipped me to cope with the different challenges in my career and life.”

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