Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri was aimed by an Instagram user with a racist comment during his live chat with India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli. A Twitter user shared the screenshot of the comment on Instagram live chat and condemned the discriminatory mindset towards people from the North-East, describing the derogatory terms commonly used in other parts of India.
The comment by the Instagram user read, “Ye Nepali kon h (who is this Nepali).” The comment was also condemned by other Instagram users who were tuned into the Live session of Virat Kohli and Sunil Chhetri.
One user wrote, “The Indian football captain is called Nepali can only imagine the plight of North East people here.”
Another IG user commented, “People not knowing Chhetri is still fine. But society has sort of normalised chinki, Nepali etc towards them.”
Twitter users were enraged by the comment, with one user writing that the user who made the distasteful remark has been reported. He added, “Nobody undermines Sunil Chhetri.”
On a side note, the Instagram user’s ID has now been deactivated.
Reacting to the tweet, one netizen wrote, “Kids should be educated about diversity among people and culture. North East is just mentioned. It deserves much more attention than that. There is a lack of awareness. Sadly we know very little about the North East of our own country.”
Sunil Chhetri has established himself as a legend in Indian football. He is India’s highest-ever goal-scorer, with 72 strikes for the country. He is regarded as a role model by the budding footballers as Chhetri’s story is nothing less than inspiration in a nation where cricket is loved by the majority.
During the Instagram Live session, Virat Kohli and Sunil Chhetri talked about many different things and also about the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.