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Ex-Cricketer Suresh Raina asserts his Brahmin identity, gets attacked on social media

Many, however, supported him in his right to assert his identity in a democracy that is India.

Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina landed in a controversy after after a commentary during Tamil Nadu Premiere League (TNPL) where he asserted his Brahmin identity and said that he relates to the culture of Chennai. He has been an integral part of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and was speaking about his connection with Chennai.

Raina, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, said, “I think, I am also Brahmin. I have been playing since 2004 in Chennai, I love the culture… I love my teammates. I have played with Anirudha Srikanth, Badri (Subramaniam Badrinath), Bala Bhai (L Balaji)… I think you need to learn something good from there. We have a good administration, we have the license to explore ourselves. I love the culture there, and I’m lucky to be part of CSK. Hopefully, we will play more matches there.”

However, he was subsequently attacked on Twitter where he was accused of being ‘casteist’.

Along with Raina, other cricketers like Ravindra Jadeja were also attacked for asserting their identity.

However, Raina also got support for taking pride in his identity. Many called out the abusers who were attacking Raina a harmless remark that got them riled up.

People also pointed out the hypocrisy of those calling out Raina for wearing his identity on his sleeves.

Raina will be playing the remaining matches with the CSK in concluding season of the IPL which is scheduled to begin from September 19 in UAE.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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