Freedom

Talibanising Hinduism

Talibanising Hinduism

As you read this, in one of the warehouses of Penguin Publications, all the copies of the book titled ‘Hinduism: An Alternative History’, written by Wendy Doniger, are being destroyed and reduced to pulp. Penguin announced that it is unilaterally withdrawing the sale and distribution of this book with effect from today. Only that the […]

No Gays Please, We’re Indians

No Gays Please, We’re Indians

In one of the dark days of independent India, a culturally rich and diverse country, yesterday, the Supreme Court set aside the earlier High Court verdict and made homosexuality a criminal offence. In one stroke of pen, India was sent reeling down to the Victorian era when homophobia was at its height. The archaic Section […]

Maqbool Fida Husain

I’m not a connoisseur of art. I can call myself an fledgling art-enthusiast, someone who has peripheral but keen interest in art. With that meagre qualification, I can proclaim that I’m a fan of M F Husain. I have a print of one of his horse series paintings. Obviously a print as I can’t afford […]

Anbumani Ramadoss

Recently Anbumani Ramadoss has commented that it is about time India recognised its gay population. Responding on the grim reality of AIDS in India, he has emphatically spoke in favour of scrapping Section 377 of Indian Penal Code that effectively makes alternative sexuality a crime, and also sympathised with homosexual men and transgender community. Coming […]

To protect what you hate

‘We have been called as the land of KAMA SUTRA, then why is it in this land we shy away from its very name? Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and so does obscenity’ ‘Ancient art has never been devoid of eroticism where sex worship and graphical representation of the union between man […]