There was a time when I met a gay person, my first thought would be, “Oh my god! He does it with another man!” The second would be will he make an attempt on me. Upbringing and society had not equipped me to interact with gay/homosexual/alternate-sex people normally.
ऊन्हें डर है
बंजड़ धरती का सीना चीर कर
अन्न उगा देने वाले सांवले खुरदरे हाथ
उतनी ही दक्षता से जुट जायेंगे
वर्जित क्षेत्र में भी
जहाँ अभी तक लगा था उनके लिए
नो एंटरी का बोर्ड
With the Campa Cola controversy exposing the hypocrisy of the city of Mumbai with respect to demolition drives, it is important to separate fact from fiction, says Javed Iqbal
Here’s a thoughtful look at the so called creative people and how they function. Most often we put creative people into the esoteric or odd-ball category without giving much thought on what really goes on within. Here's a nice blog article on the subject by Matthew Schuler. Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense
"You've Got To Be Carefully Taught," (Lyrics from South Pacific.)
This is so true in our country. We are unfortunately tought to hate from the day we are born. Our mothers would tell us, beta/beti (son/daughter), marry any one but a muslim. Or how we are taught to ignore atrocities on lower casts but asked to stand up for the cast/community/religious honor... We are taught to hate woman by our religion, our customs, our socital bias, our overlooking for domestic voilance and rapes by relatives. All this we are carfuly taught.
Some things I said on a FB group debate:
I do not believe Indian dalit is a radicalized, strong, united, and of ambiguous identity group. Its not even strong enough to protect its members getting raped, killed, humiliated on a daily basis. Even when in power, say in UP, dalit members of our society have not shown signs of "making them pay of historic injustices" type of behavior or conduct. So by clubbing them with terrorist movements be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Isai (i.e. christian) and not to mention Maoists, we are doing more harm then good. It will add another section of our society to our righteous list of enemies.
This is taken from a post I wrote on Facebook group debate: Religion is / has been a divisive force. Always was and will forever be. Our founding fore fathers recognized this and tried to keep it out of polity (eg. the constitution). They firmly believed (at least most of them) that religion is a weapon of mass destruction and partition amply showed this. It is again wake up call to all of us who soft peddle religion saying religion is a great but its usage by some is the problem. Na!