Of rainbows and reforms

The time has come to talk of many things, but mostly it is of rainbows and reforms. To be precise, the reform that homosexuality had just been legalized in India today.

You’ve probably heard of the gay pride marches two days ago, which took place (as far as I know) in Chennai and Delhi; to speak out against the soon to be repealed Article 377, which criminalises homosexuality. I was frankly surprised that such a movement took so long to arrive home in India – it is high time that people to come to terms with reality.  The response was mostly good, but it was a bit astonishing to see that several letters to editor in the Hindu responded quite discouragingly. The very first of these said removing the law would lead to dire consequences, such as leading to child abuse and a decay of morality and values, an erosion of ethics, and that it would mean giving undue freedom to minorities without responsibility and accountability.  Now, I could easily have blown my top off while reading this, asking exactly which century and location the sender of that letter came from (medieval Europe being the top contender). Instead of doing that, let me just tell you the facts. You don’t actually have a lot of choice if you happen to be – forgive me for using such a term, queerly oriented, as much as you have the choice to be a boy or a girl before you were born. Thus, punishing a gay would be quite as silly as, say, punishing someone for being born a girl.

Another burgeoning misconception evident from the letter is that such reforms may lead to an increase in child abuse. However, the truth is far from it – gay love has as much to do with child abuse as “ordinary” love in everyday affairs. Neither is it, as one religious head had already portrayed with added effect, another negating influenced of new-fangled Western culture. It is quite conceivable that homosexuality itself had taken root quite a long time ago in India,with legislation prohibiting it and an active movement being stillborn. For instance, several statues (warning: I would rather that you not see the images in that link :D) in Indian temples depict images that are, if not explicitly gay, at least an expression of same-sex intimacy. Last I heard, India was still a part of the “East”. The statues were later defaced and removed by a “cleansing” campaign that rewrote Indian history.

At the heart of it all lies the myth that the whole thing is against the law of nature. Au contraire, several animals and bird show such same sex preferences. Now, I am no evolutionary biologist, but this might be because of the selective advantage offered by such traits that show a balancing effect on animal population. In which case, India sure needs a hell of a lot of homos.

Meanwhile, the flag of the rainbow, which is chosen universally for the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender” movement, flutters in the wind of change; reminding us that hues may change, but humanity does not.

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13 thoughts on “Of rainbows and reforms

  1. whoa back!! am not going to IIT dude .. i got Agricultural Engg at KGP… 😦 i dont wanna study that! shall opt for NIT Surathkal Civil or BITS Pilani … btw shall read this post now … good to see good ol’ Arvee back, blogging!!!

    IIT this time was so weird!!! Last year Phys MSc closed at a rank of 4708, and this year closed at 3400 … even after a 1000 extra seats were added … just my luck!! 😦

  2. very prominent topic dude … and very relevant in India today … we may feel uncomfortable in the presence of these people but, we’ve gotta agree that they are as normal as of us …

  3. and i do know that Fermat’s Last Theorem has been proved … and am waiting to get my hands on Simon Singh’s book Fermats Last Theorem …i heard that Fermat wrote in the margin of his notebook that he “hath found a proof as beautiful as the sky and the sun”, and that he would put it down the next day …. sadly he died that day itself … (searching for a proper smiley … )

  4. hey Graff … i’d vote for Production Engg at NIT …. because u’ll really like Productions … it is very very similar to mechanical as far as the course is concerned … and i like civil simply because, the Megastructures programme on NatGeo enthralls me … sidhi baat, no bakwaas …

  5. u can … urs is a common misconception … u can change ur stream from Bachelor to masters anywhere in the world, but u may just need to change ur college ..
    my dad after his Btech in Mech Engg from KGP went to the US for MS in Computer Science and then PhD in management (at UT Texas)… need more reasons to LOL? And what he’s done in his professional career has no signs of Mechanical … in fact one of his friends also a BTech from kanpur in Mining, is now CEO of Intel India (perhaps he mines silicon 🙂 ) u see?

  6. hmm.. agree but cant totally agree.. it wud look so gross to see a gay couple together.. I have seen one couple kissing in public and I cant explain how I felt like puking there..

    1. Hmm….I wouldn’t mind. I mean, they probably feel like puking when they see a boy and gal kissin, and imagine how often they would have to puke :D….give them that lil’ liberty.

  7. Good post! Did you know, I only found out in 2006 that homosexuality was illegal in India? I knew someone who was out of the closet and guess I just assumed it was legal! I’m still appalled at some of the appeals that have een made since this decision. Let’s hope the SC upholds the HC’s decision.

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