Miscellaneous

377 Words on ‘377’

On September 6, gay sex under section 377 was decriminalized and my news and social media feeds overflowed with posts of related content. A very gripping quote that I came across was, “From gay Sufi lovers and Hindu transgender women. India’s sexual fluidity was always a dirty, barbaric concept to its western invaders and it is crucial for the LGBTQ community here in the west to understand this. This isn’t India becoming ‘westernised’. It is India decolonising”. This very quote, I thought, had a lot to be decrypted.

Largely based off spiritual upbringing, ancient Indian society was truly liberal unlike today’s. We endured the fact that we don’t love a particular gender but we love a person above anything else. The complexity of spiritual and sexual morality has been the reason for the rise of homophobia, especially due to lack of information and hindrances in the passage of its principles. Sexual fluidity, a very rational term validated by Indian mythology as well, has seen an unhealthy change after the 17th century. Although it didn’t have a lot of exposure publically, it wasn’t atleast criminalized.

There used to exist an undiscussed gender variance not classified as LGBTIQ but largely as one term ‘sexual fluidity’, undiscussed for the underlying morality.From the plate of morality, we have thoughtlessly kept the spiritual and sexual interconnect unconsumed. An outcome of which is people with closeted sexualities. Social anxiety is another outcome of having a closeted sexuality. Homosexuality, or rather sexual diversity here in India, is discussed with a prejudice of unnaturalness. Indistinct authentication of sexual behaviour from the past has turned its acceptance void in the present. Definitions stand strong while describing homosexuality when not limited to only sexual acts and constrained emotions but also inclusive of interpersonal romantic affection.

While evicting outdated dogams, we must acknowledge that sex is a procreative and recreational conduct while sexuality is an aid for its perception. We have drastically transitioned from a sociologically sound race to an ignorant one, when it comes to sexual preferences. Nullifying this ignorance is nearly impossible today, not atleast when we have become a society so rigid. Renaissance of sexual morality has surely been headstarted because of the amendment of 377 but major changes have a long wait ahead.

Child Labour
National & World

Child Labour: a Societal Cancer

Child labour is an evil practice of making children work in different places like factories or hotels and deriving monetary benefit out of it. This practice deprives children of their childhood and is harmful to their mental development. Poverty, lack

National & World

Rural Health Care

Health care is a basic necessity for every individual. Rural health care is one of the biggest challenges faced by the Indian government. A majority of 700 million of India’s population is based in rural areas. However, it is noted

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Education

New Age Farming

Sky, clouds, trees and little feet running along the golden landscape in perfect rhythm with the rural landscape. The rural market holds great potential and opportunity to create more employment. It is only a matter of harnessing that potential.  

Indian Village Art
National & World

The Village Story

“Indian villages” the term itself brings in the nostalgia of a stress-free life, filled with grass between your toes, a smell of jackfruits popping, roosters calling and fulfilled memories. A place where we can truly enjoy the beauty of our

Manipal Campus

Rubbing Shoulders with the World – The Institutes of Eminence

Earlier today, the HRD Minister, Prakash Javdekar announced that 6 Institutes of Higher Education would be declared as Institutes of Eminence, going forward. Surprisingly, rubbing shoulders with names such as IIT, BITS, and Manipal was the proposed Jio Institute. This led to widespread displeasure and confusion that was addressed to later in the day. What comes out of this honor bestowed on these institutes, remains to be seen

National & World

Wuhan: A Tour Or A Summit

In what was stated as an attempt “to exchange views on overarching issues of bilateral and global importance, and to elaborate their respective visions and priorities for national development in the context of the current and future international situation” by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, Chinese Supremeo President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi met at Wuhan. But do the conditions prevail in accordance to the above stated. Let us dive deep into it.

Art & Literature

Beaming with Pride

When patrons of the Stonewall Inn set off the historic 1969 riots after police raided and harassed members of the LGBT community, there was no telling that their activism would result in such an immense annual display of queer solidarity. With pride month coming to a close, we revisit the essence of what this movement tries to tell us.