Soumya Swaminathan, a 29-year-old Indian chess player, who holds the title of Woman Grandmaster from India made headlines recently. Soumya was supposed to represent India in Asian Team Chess Championship 2018 to be held in Hamadan, Iran. However, Soumya pulled out of the championship stating a violation of basic human rights by the rigid imposition of religious dress code (hijab) for all players. Read all about it here.
As the star stood her ground, she found support coming in from all corners of the nation. In this list was cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who openly praised Soumya’s courage.
Mohammad Kaif, the 37-year-old Test, and ODI player, has always been active on social media and has never shied away from expressing his opinions. And he wasn’t going to stay mum now. He soon took to his twitter account to extend his full support to Soumya.
Here’s the post he made on his Twitter account:
Hats off to Soumya Swaminathan for pulling out of this event in Iran.
There should be no scope for religious dress codes to be imposed on Players. A host nation should not be granted permission to host auch international events if it fails to consider basic human rights. pic.twitter.com/soQ9SVHYS6
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 13, 2018
As soon as the player showed his support for the fellow sportsperson, the Twitterati came forward applauding Kaif. There were mostly uniform reactions and all of the Tweeple expressed how proud they were of Kaif for showing support.
Here are some of the Tweeple’s comments:
Wish to meet Kaif one day!
Kaif Bhaiya u r on of the best fielder and batsman of your time. U r best Muslim and we need Muslim like you only in India and planet. Who actually apply there own thought process before blindly follow.
I wish I can meet u some day. I feel proud on u y r best Indian #Respect.
— Krishna Rai (@krishnarai_twit) June 13, 2018
It takes courage to express yourself openly Kaif bhai. Respect.
— KRISHNA AJMERA (@KrishnaAjmera) June 13, 2018
Everyone should think like him!
Apke jaisa har koi soche sir to desh bahot aage badh jaye, soch badlna bahot zaruri h.
— 🇮🇳AALOK TIWARI🇮🇳 (@A_STAR_ROCKS) June 13, 2018
This is the beauty of our nation!
Beauty of my nation !!
Cricketer Mohmmad kaif support #SomyaSwaminathan for her freedom of choice ….
रही बात शतरंज स्पर्धा की तो मौके आगे मिलते रहेंगे !!
— Manan मनन 🇮🇳 I support indian armed forces💪 (@manansharma796) June 13, 2018
He’s a role model!
Even bigger role model you are for anyone who ever believe that religion is there to divide us..🤗👏stay blessed!
— Krishna Singh (@ks_krishnasingh) June 13, 2018
His efforts are worth an applaud!
Brilliant @MohammadKaif 👌👌
When ppl from one’s own community stand up to its regressive practices, true transformation starts. I applaud you for taking such a stand on public platform. 👏👏
— Vinay Bansal (@TheVinayBansal) June 13, 2018
We as Indians are proud to see Indian unison in support of this chess player. Salute!