Kanav Sahgal

Kanav is, as of June 2021, pursuing his Master's in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. He identifies as queer for personal and political reasons and can be contacted via https://www.linkedin.com/in/kanavsahgal/

Voice of Kanav Sahgal

Living Every Day With Depression And Anxiety, There’s So Much Fear Yet There’s Strength…

Ever since I received my diagnosis, I felt a sense of relief and a bit of sadness. Relief, because I now had a vocabulary to express my behaviour, but sadness because this is probably a permanent part of who I am.

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queer and disabled
The Agony Of Being Queer AND Disabled In India

While the queer community faces discrimination, being queer and disabled is a further problem in India, especially if further marginalised by caste, class, or gender.

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The ‘Value’ Of My ‘Accomplishments’… Sold To The Highest Bidder?

Isn't it sad that we sell ourselves in the market like products? Up for sale to the highest bidder in this world so focused on what shouldn't matter?

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gender based violence
Entitled Men Will Continue With Gender Based Violence With Impunity Until…

How much more gender based violence can this country tolerate, and what needs to change if there has to be a step towards safety?

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As A Gay Man In India, Even Today, Why Do I Need To Hide My Identity Every Single Day?

Why is your heart so small that you so easily reduce my identity to a joke, an angry reaction on Facebook, a slur on Instagram and abuse on WhatsApp?

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Reflecting On The Anti-Muslim Pogrom of February 2020: Towards A General Will Of Love And Humanity

With Anti-Muslim sentiments on the rise, are we failing as a country to look past prejudices and old history and accept one another?

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Coming Out Of The Closet Is Still A Privilege In India, But It Was The Best Decision I Ever Made

"Because we live in a society where heterosexuality and cis-genderism is seen as the default ‘normal’, you are never truly ever ‘out of the closet’," says this young man who came out as gay. 

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We Are Free, Yet In Chains

Freedom from prejudices and feeling of oneness with humanity.. will we ever achieve this?

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In the world that demands perfect bodies, what do the normal person feel?

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A Poem For Him

I hope someday that he will see how much I want him. I hope someday, we will have that destination wedding.But till then, I’ll keep thinking.Because all I have is hope. Even when he says the simplest of things, my heart skips a beat.Even when he is unromantic, my hormones rage just thinking of him.That […]

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Leave Me Alone; I Refuse To Be Your Agony Aunt

A relationship should be based on mutual give and take. It becomes toxic when it is a one way street, with one person bearing all the emotional labour for both.

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“I Am Convinced That What I Seek Is Intimacy, But What I Get Is Sex”

Are love and lust interchangeable? Is intimacy the same as sex? What is it that you seek? Is it love or is it intimacy?

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Suicide Is Not Just ‘Me,’ It Is A Problem Of ‘We’ – Why India Needs To Understand It Is A Public Health Issue

Suicide is one of the issues plaguing our society, yet is rarely talked about. Isn't it time we address the issue that is causing so many deaths each year?

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