Yuvraj Singh has been recently criticised on social media for his casteist remark on Indian leg spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal. This resulted in an FIR lodged against Yuvi. Last month, on an Instagram chat with Rohit Sharma, the left-handed batsman made a casteist comment on Chahal. He recently tweeted on his handle apologising for the comment he made.
“This is to clarify that I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the basis of caste, colour, creed or gender. I have given and continue to spend my life for the welfare of people,” Yuvraj said in his post. He also added, ”I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible Indian, I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anyone’s sentiments or feelings I would like to express regret for the same.”
During this period of lockdown, all cricketers are having conversations on Instagram in video chat. Yuvi also had so many video conversations with various cricketers. Last month, during his Instagram chat with Rohit Sharma, the duo was brutally trolling the Indian leg spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, on a casual note.
How it All Started!
Apparently, Yuzi posted a Tiktok video where he was seeing dancing with his family members, including his father. Dragging this video in their conversation, Yuvi said, “Yeh Bhangi logoko koi kaam nahi hain.”
The term ‘bhangi’ earlier was not specifically a caste but people who used to clean toilets”, Bezwada Wilson, a social activist said. “Cleaning human excreta is not only seen as derogatory, but there is also the issue of untouchability. Since many were involved in manual scavenging, they were called ‘bhangis’.”
The time when he made that comment, not many people seemed to have noticed Singh’s choice of word. But when social media users highlighted this word, it did not exactly amuse people. The slur seemed to have been used against the Valmiki community. While many people criticised Yuvraj on social media, some Twitteratis demanded an apology from the star cricketer. Soon, “Yuvraj Singh maafi mango” started trending on Twitter. The social media lashed out on the cricketer and criticised him heavily.
Things did not settle to that. Rajat Kalsa, a Dalit rights advocate lodged a Police complaint against the 38-year-old legendary left-handed batsman in Hisar, as seen in Zee News. After the FIR lodged against Yuvi, the advocate also fired shots at Rohit Sharma for not expressing his disapproval over Yuvi’s comment.
Yuvi is a known public figure, famous for his social activities. The cancer survivor established a non-profit organisation, “The YouWeCan Foundation” which works for the empowerment of people to fight cancer through supporting patients, early detection and survivor empowerment. The former Indian player had been a part of 304 ODI’s, 40 Test Cricket Matches and 58 T20I’s. Yuvraj is among the biggest match-winners in limited over cricket, India has ever produced.