As usual I was in a discussion with a learned friend today, (I think “Baat karne se baat banti hai” should be my blog page title because it is these conversions with friends & mentors that prompts me for most of my posts) when he quoted Rigveda, one of the four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism. He said and I quote, “Rigveda says Vikriti Evam Prakriti (Sanskrit: विकृतिः एवम् प्रकृतिः। meaning what seems un-natural is also natural. It is this quote through which my learned friend claims that Hinduism recognizes the homosexual/transsexual dimensions of human life, like all forms of universal diversities.
Not just this, once back home I heard Vikram seth on national news channel sending a message to gay community to not give up hope & sharing a new poem that he wrote last night; sharing a message infact on what is natural or un-natural.
Not to forget Vikram seth on India today’s cover page a month back holding a slate reading “Not a criminal”. I have also not forgotten Amartya Sen (another learned man) demanding repulsion of section 377 of the IPC. And just like them many other prominent Indians saying, ‘In the name of humanity and of our Constitution, this cruel and discriminatory law should be struck down.
Who can forget United Nations urging India to decriminalize homosexuality by saying it would help the fight against HIV/AIDS. Their argument being that decriminalization would allow intervention programmes, much like the successful ones in China and Brazil
But nothing doing as Supreme Court of India upheld Section 377 sometime in December 2013.
Soon after that a new drama started; with religious groups, obviously religion agnostic supporting the decision saying somewhat like this, “This is a right decision, and we welcome it. Homosexuality is against Indian culture, against nature and against science. We are regressing, going back to when we were almost like animals. The SC had protected our culture.
Ramdev, the best known yoga guru India has produced, claimed that he can cure homosexuality through yoga and it’s a “bad addiction”
Alright, much has been said on the issue & obviously this is just a start. Here’s what my opinion is: Please legalize this quickly. I am truly with Vikram seth’s position, “Just because a population is miniscule do you forgo their fundamental rights? It’s ethically hollow and intellectually shallow”
& once you are done with this, i.e.legalizing gay stuff, I will start another such idiotic demand, “Legalize Pedophilia” (by the way just in case you don’t know what pedophilia is it is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger). Well! This definition will be contested soon. The minuscule group will contest that it is not a psychiatric disorder because un-natural is also natural & because it’s a fundamental right, shallow & hollow & blah! Blah!
So you will then be legalize this one as well. And I will not stop at that because I will by then will have a list of all minuscule groups with all weird kind of sexual interests; some will have interest in objects, other in situations; while leftovers in individuals that are highly atypical. Let’s legalize all!!!. Shout & pour your hate mails now