Independence Day always fills me with nostalgia and longing. For those dusky monsoon mornings in Delhi when the air is heavy with the smell of the earth after the rain. For afternoons when the sky is full of kites being flown from the city’s rooftops. For nights laden with the noise and bright lights of the ice-cream, chāt, and balloon vendors at India Gate. For those patriotic assemblies at school when for one day it was permissible to wear national dress instead of the (colonially modelled) school uniform.
So much life, so much beauty, so much potential.
Happy Independence Day!
सारे जहाँ से अच्छा
Sāre jahāṉ se acchā, Hindositāṉ hamārā
Ham bulbuleṉ haiṉ is kī, yih gulsitāṉ hamārā
G̱ẖurbat meṉ hoṉ agar ham, rahtā hai dil wat̤an meṉ
Samjho wuhīṉ hameṉ bhī dil ho jahāṉ hamārā “Better than the whole world, our Hindustan
We are its nightingales, it is our garden
If one is in an alien place, the heart remains in the homeland
Consider us too to be where our heart is”
सारे जहाँ से अच्छा 🇮🇳 #india#independenceday#merabharatmahan#sarejahanseacha#delhi#dilli#delhi_igers#nostalgia#nri#diaspora
Last weekend I had the honour to witness these two incredible, beautiful, loving, caring, people whom I have the privilege of calling my friends tie the knot and sign and seal a lifetime of commitment, in the presence of a set of wonderful, warm, and fun friends and family who know how to drink, and dance.
Congratulations @meretewik @norwegianstallion, and so much love.
Earlier today the Supreme Court of India concluded hearings in the matter of Navtej Singh Johar, @ritudal, @suri_keshav & Ors v. Union of India, concerning the constitutional validity of the criminalisation of consensual same sex relations between adults under the Indian Penal Code 1860 section 377 in response to writ petitions filed by several LGBT+ individuals. Section 377, introduced as a law of the British Empire in 1860, criminalizes sexual activities "against the order of nature", which judicial interpretation has specifically read as homosexual acts between consenting adults. It imposes a Judaeo-Christian understanding of sexuality, and the conservative morals of Victorian England on a hitherto inclusive and all-embracing subcontinent the rich history of which is rooted in the celebration of the multiplicity of human desires and forms of self-expression. India became independent in 1947, but its people remain shackled by an unjust colonial law.
Criminalization contravenes fundamental human rights, specifically:
1. the right to equality before the law no matter what one’s sexual orientation and the right against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation;
2. the right to freedom of expression and self-actualization through the expression of one’s sexual orientation and the articulation of sexual relationships as a function of this right; and
3. the right to life and liberty, and the right to private life as a natural and logical application of this right.
India today stands on the brink of an historic moment. We would not be here today if it weren’t for the limitless courage, peerless resilience, and fierce strength of certain individuals - @suri_keshav @ritudal @neehanagpal and the other petitioners. Together you have inspired millions across the globe, and moved the needle of justice closer to equality.
I have been lucky enough to assist with a small element of the research behind the submissions, and some of the lobbying behind the scenes in the build up to this appeal. Now we must wait. Today, on a day of mixed emotions, I am full of hope. 📸: @pauljdillane @kaleidoscope_t #lgbt#377#humanrights#lgbtrights#pride#instagay#india