Sociological perspectives on the legalization of gay sex in India
Gay sex was finally legalized in India this month (September 2018), after India’s high court ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a fundamental violation of individual rights. This ruling overturned the previous ‘section 377’ colonial-era law which outlawed certain sexual acts as unnatural, including homosexual sex. Breaking that law meant a…
The Delhi Smog – A Consequence of Neoliberal Development?
A test match between India and Sri Lanka had to be repeatedly halted on Sunday because of the smog enveloping Delhi. The Sri-Lankan team took the field after the lunch break wearing face masks, and play was halted for consultation with doctors. It then resumed, but was stopped twice more when two Sri Lankan bowlers…
The Partition of India
The August 1947 partition of India divided the newly independent country into two new states: A Hindu-majority India and a Muslim-majority Pakistan. The later was itself divided into western and eastern sections, more than 1000 miles apart: present day Pakistan and Bangladesh. In the view of most historians, the partition of India was the central…