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SC DECRIMINALISES SEC­TION 377

Ap­pro­pos the Ed­i­to­rial A Lon­gawaited Judge­ment-WE- Septem­ber II. Based on one of the ba­sic tenets of the In­dian con­sti­tu­tion, that is in­clu­sive­ness man­i­fest in recog­nis­ing a role in so­ci­ety for ev­ery­one, the ver­dict by the five- judge bench of the Apex Court headed by Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra de­crim­i­nal­is­ing gay sex comes as a whiff of fresh air for ho­mo­sex­u­als be­cause it puts an end to the 19th cen­tury sex­ual apartheid once and for all.

By do­ing away with the out dated sec­tion 377 of IPC, the apex court wrote his­tory by not only giv­ing full free­dom for LGBT com­mu­nity but also ejected from its prece­dents the ver­dict of 2013 that re­crim­i­nalised ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

De­spite homo sex­u­al­ity is con­sid­ered a sin by re­li­gious zealots and a blow to cul­tural val­ues, one should not for­get that LGBT are also hu­man be­ings hav­ing every right to lead a dig­ni­fied life with­out re­stric­tions or fear like oth­ers.

In short, the long fight by LGBT com­mu­nity has ended on a suc­cess­ful note with the rul­ing putting a stop to law- en­forc­ing au­thor­i­ties to ha­rass and pun­ish ho­mo­sex­u­als. To be pre­cise, "De­nial of right to sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is a de­nial of a right to pri­vacy", there­fore none has the right to tram­ple the right of LGBT or try to scut­tle their free­dom of choice in any man­ner af­ter the apex court de­clared that gay sex is not a crime any­more. All said and done, just as the court has shown tremen­dous guts to chal­lenge the re­stric­tion on free­dom and equal­ity and re- writ­ten his­tory cor­rect­ing a wrong through its land­mark rul­ing by de­crim­i­nal­is­ing gay sex, sim­i­larly all right- think­ing in­di­vid­u­als in so­ci­ety should adopt a pro­gres­sive at­ti­tude and a broad out­look by tak­ing all con­sid­ered steps to pro­mote gay rights aware­ness in the face of stiff op­po­si­tion from self-styled re­li­gious lead­ers who were bent upon that LGBT do not en­joy free­dom like oth­ers on a flimsy plea that same-sex mar­riage is un­nat­u­ral.

Even as words of chief jus­tice, "I am what I am. So take me as I am" are apt. The ver­dict rings in the minds clearly and loudly that ho­mo­sex­u­als have the right to live with dig­nity.

– R. Srin­vasan, Se­cun­der­abad.

HIGH­LIGHT YOUR TRAITS

This refers to the thought- pro­vok­ing ar­ti­cle on the topic Key Com­po­nents of a

JEWEL OF IN­DIA

Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee was truly a jewel of In­dia: his long, il­lus­tri­ous po­lit­i­cal ca­reer achiev­ing many mile­stones. But what ac­tu­ally set Va­j­payee apart from the flock was the val­ues he prac­tised and preached. He was a mar­vel, who so ef­fort­lessly stepped across the Lak­sh­man Rekha of party pro­pri­ety and ide­ol­ogy and yet gar­nered all­round re­spectabil­ity.

Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee dur­ing his po­lit­i­cal life evoked two dom­i­nant re­ac­tions - some de­scribed him as the "Right man in the wrong party" while oth­ers ar­gued that "His mod­er­ate face had helped the BJP ac­quire le­git­i­macy".

For some­one who had joined ac­tive pol­i­tics back in 1951 upon the found­ing of the Jana Sangh, the ear­lier avatar of the BJP, and who Struc­tured Per­son­al­ity How to Be­come In­ter­est­ing. ( WE Septem­ber I 2018) As known, ev­ery­one has the po­ten­tial to be in­ter­est­ing. It is a ques­tion of know­ing how to high­light the traits that make you dif­fer­ent from the per­son next to you.

Few ways to be­come a more in­ter­est­ing per­son: open up to peo­ple, spend time with other in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, ask good ques­tions, read a lot and fol­low your in­ter­est, say what you think, have few good sto­ries to share that can en­ter­tain, in­form or en­gage, be cu­ri­ous and life­long learner.

– Beena Mathur, Pune.

MAR­RIAGES ARE MAIN­TAINED ON EARTH

Never Say Nega­tiv - ely About Your Spouse ... by Dr Rumy Ag­gar­wal (Septem­ber II) was highly ad­mirable and recom­men ded for to­day's gen­er­a­tion. Hus­band wives do have is­sues but crit­i­cisng your spouse in front of oth­ers some­times wors­ens the sit­u­a­tion. Peo­ple rather

had suf­fered sev­eral re­jec­tions at the bal­lot box, he showed not a trace of bit­ter­ness.

He re­tained equa­nim­ity in de­feat and vic­tory, never giv­ing up, and, even­tu­ally, in the late 90s tasted power.

Va­j­payee was a demo­crat to the core was strik­ingly man­i­fested when he ac­cepted with grace the fall of his gov­ern­ment by one vote in 1999. He re­turned with a big­ger man­date and en­joyed a cor­dial re­la­tion­ship with the Op­po­si­tion be­tween 1999 and 2004, a mir­a­cle when seen in the con­text of the an­tag­o­nism to­day.

In Par­lia­ment, too, Op­po­si­tion lead­ers never fought shy of show­ing their re­spect for Va­j­payee. The only re­gret would be that Va­j­payee en­tered South Block 10 years late when his health was al­ready on the de­cline. – J. S. Acharya, Hy­der­abad.

than giv­ing good ad­vice get a topic of gos­sip and love to spread and share it with oth­ers. In a work place ad­van­tage of such a sit­u­a­tion can be taken.

Rather than crit­i­cis­ing, the cou­ple should dis­cuss calmly about the things that an­noy them and be­lieve in har­mony. Ad­vice of el­ders can be taken and fol­lowed wisely.

Mar­riages are made in heaven but main­tained on Earth. Sooner or later one re­alises his or her mis­takes and re­grets. Mostly the prob­lem among cou­ples are self cre­ated caused by im­ma­tu­rity. Life is in­com­plete with­out a part­ner. Any spouse will be deeply hurt if his or her part­ner crit­i­cises them.

There might be good qual­i­ties in ei­ther spouse that must have been over­looked. Rather than giv­ing em­pha­sis on neg­a­tive qual­i­ties give im­por­tance to pos­i­tive and good qual­i­ties of your spouse. Don't de­stroy your heaven by in­trud­ing a third per­son. – Julie Kalra, Kok­ila Kalra.

CUI­SINE – A WEAK­NESS OF MEN AND ALL

Septem­ber I was given an elab­o­rate knowl­edge about cook­ery and cui­sine. The cui­sine men­tioned by our cooks are pa­tro­n­is­ing dif­fer­ent types of dishes pre­pared in dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sion with dif­fer­ent style.

San­jeev Kapoor’s, name had been added along with other chefs like Han­isha Singh who has a spe­cial­ity in Ja­pa­nese cui­sine, Anurag Bart­wal who’s spe­cial­ity Bak­ery, Abhishek Basu with spe­cial­ity in re­gional In­dian food, Rishim Sachdeva Spe­cial­i­ties in Mediter­ranean, Hus­sain Shahzad’s spe­cial­ity is modern In­dian Goan, Pra­teek Sad­hus spe­cial­ity is Global Din­ing, Thoomas Zacharias known for Modern In­dian Food, Ak­shraj Jodha with a spe­cial­ity in Ra­jasthani Food and fi­nally Ka­van Kut­tappa known for Modern South In­dian Food. Th­ese names would have out the ar­ti­cles on the glam­orous front.

Edi­tor has kept in mind those read­ers who are less in­ter­ested in cui­sine Spe­cial­ity can go in other ar­ti­cles like a story The En­light­en­ment, Why Suf­fer from Body Odour when you can get rid of it. 100 per cent marks for the edi­tor. – Y. K. Veer, New Delhi. In Woman’s Era Cook­ery Spe­cial

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