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The dreams I dream

Dreams are inexplicable animals. They have a way of affecting us, like few things can. They make sense only to us. Asleep, we are defenseless. The normal barriers that we erect around us, the rationalizations that keep us sane, collapse, come nightfall. Being a part of civilization requires compromises on a daily basis. We play…

Lesbian depiction in Khajuraho

Homosexuality banned in India – Paradoxical judgment from the land of Kamasutra

विकृतिः एवम्‌ प्रकृतिः (What is unnatural is also natural) Scultptures in a temple in Khajuraho. Notice the depictions of lesbian encounters? In a verdict that had the potential to send the right message to the world at large, High Court in India passed a law in 2009 that decriminalized homosexuality. Sex between consenting homosexual partners…

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Outraging modesty in India

Image courtesy liora k  All sexual crimes short of rape fall under the ambit of ‘Outraging the modesty of a woman’, under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. This particular law makes a lot of presumptions about how a woman is expected to behave, and has misogyny stamped all over it. It is not…

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Culling education in India

In ancient India, education was a sacred duty. Everyone was bound by it in their early years. Education is the most important resource that every country has at its’ disposal. It is the single most crucial tool of social development. In India, it is also the most overlooked and undervalued of commodities. Nowhere is the…