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Purple Skies, a documentary on the LGBT community of India, will be screened on Doordardhan , which is a progressive step despite the Supreme Court's judgement on section 377.
Purple Skies, a documentary on the LGBT community of India, will be screened on Doordardhan , which is a progressive step despite the Supreme Court’s judgement on section 377.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is notorious for its targeting of people who have sex with people of the same ‘gender’ or have ‘unnatural sex’. In 2008, Delhi High Court’s decision to rule on the section as unconstitutional was hailed as progressive. Alas, in 2013 the Supreme Court struck it down and recently also blocked a Gujarati film about the life of a homosexual prince, saying that some section of society may perceive ‘homosexuality akin to social evils’. So the documentary Purple Skies about Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer (LGBTQ)by Sridhar Rangyan offers a sliver of hope. It talks about the experiences and lives, hopes and disappointments of the LGBTQ community in India.
It has been screened at various film festivals and well-received. Recently Doordarshan agreed to screen the documentary with a ‘U’ Certificate, a progressive step. We can only hope that other mainstream media channels also follow suit. This is just one of the many ways in which we can push back against the regressive laws and decisions by the courts in recent years.
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As he stood in front of his door, Nishant prayed that his wife would be in a better mood. The baby thing was tearing them apart. When was the last time he had seen his wife smile?
Veena got into the lift. It was a festival day, and the space was crammed with little children dressed in bright yellow clothes, wearing fancy peacock feather crowns, and carrying flutes. Janmashtami gave her the jitters. She kept her face down, refusing to socialize with anyone.
They had moved to this new apartment three months ago. The whole point of shifting had been to get away from the ruthless questioning by ‘well-wishers’.
“You have been married for ten years! Why no child yet?”
I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
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