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Section 377: Don’t blame ancient India for prudish excesses of the British

Reading ancient texts is an arduous task, no doubt. But if an opinion is to be let loose in a sea of chaos, more so if the objective is to influence public debate, that reading has to be done. Unfortunately, in the quest to reform archaic laws, notably Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes same-sex relations illegal, facts have been set aside. In their place, a generalised sense of a liberal ancient India has been carved out on one side and a selectively picked notion of ‘Indian culture’ on the other. As in most passionate debates, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
My column in Firstpost

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