Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Topic: LGBTQ

Here’s how homosexuals in Indian military can be punished

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has ruled out inclusion of gay soldiers in military, saying Indian Army is not “westernised”, and was “conservative” .

Army chief rules out gay sex, adultery in Indian Army

General Bipin Rawat says Indian Army ‘conservative’ not ‘westernised’, asserts that offenders will continue to be punished under relevant sections of Army Act.

Cong becomes first party to appoint transgender as women’s wing national general secretary

Journalist Apsara Reddy, who has worked with the BJP and AIADMK, says she will combat the ruling party’s ‘regressive’ thought.

NGO claims existing anti-rape law is not gender neutral, files plea in Supreme Court

It says Section 375 of IPC does not take into account sexual assault inflicted on men and transgender people.

After legal win, Sec 377 petitioner Keshav Suri launches foundation to share LGBT stories

The launch of the Keshav Suri Foundation saw five panel discussions on how corporates, the media, and politics can be widened to include LGBTQIA people.

Tech Mahindra sacks diversity officer ‘who mocked gay people & called Islam a global pain’

The company had conducted an internal inquiry against Richa Gautam after a former employee went public with allegations of harassment.

Will the Indian Army welcome gay soldiers? Veterans split

Some say homosexuality is unlikely to be acceptable for soldiers, pointing to a years-old military culture, while others say the SC order will prevail.

It’s all in the stars: Indian astrological texts are full of queer predictions for mortals

In astrological texts spanning over 2,000 years, there are several queer references but none try to offer 'remedies'.

Supreme Court has earned moment of rest with 377 verdict, but much remains to be cleared

The Supreme Court’s decision on Section 377 deserves careful unpacking, but it is noteworthy in at least four respects.

‘Homosexuality not mental illness’: What the 5 judges said while striking down Section 377

While Justice D.Y. Chandrachud criticised the government for its ‘lethargy’, Justice Indu Malhotra said ‘history owes an apology’ to the LGBTQ community.

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Golden Temple

What Akal Takht must know about harmonium and music before banishing it from Golden Temple

In an era where India’s past and ‘purity’ are constantly being dug up and debated, the humble harmonium has become the latest victim.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.