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Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Anirban Ghosh | Updated: January 8 2016 4:56 pm Activist members and supporters of LGBT community in Kolkata during pride paradein front of New Market Kolkata against Section 377 (Source: Express file photo by Partha Paul) Related News Dear Prime Minister As I pen this letter the world around me seems perfect My mother is serving breakfast to the paying guests at our 70-year-old ancestral house in north Kolkata my father is basking in the winter sun and distractedly sipping his third cup of tea while reading the newspaper I have just finished working on my first graphic narrative a contemporary interpretation of a short story by Rabindranath Tagore As a freelance filmmaker and artist this has been one of my most creatively fulfilling experiences However something is missing in this perfect picture That last piece of the puzzle is not just about me my craft my family or my aspirations It’s much bigger than all of that To make myself more coherent I will have to come out to you sir I am gay I grew up in one of old Kolkata’s most traditional bastions Shobhabazar It’s a part of the city that still frowns upon coffee shops nightclubs and malls and has recreational clubs where children are taught Rabindrasangeet I was always a misfit in my neighbourhood and my mother who had great dreams for me sent me to a missionary school at the other end of the city the Anglo-Indian “para (neighbourhood)” of Free School Street When I was about 12 I realised that though I was different from my football-loving Salman Khan-crazy friends I couldn’t show it I had to blend in to do my own thing Years later as I was graduating from the National Institute of Design Ahmedabad I decided to make an LGBTQ-themed animation film set in Shobhabazar as my diploma film It was liberating to talk about the kind of discrimination effeminate men face That film was made about two years ago Today I have different stories to tell A lot has happened in the past few years The LGBTQ movement in the country went several steps back In 2013 when the Supreme Court reversed the historic Delhi High Court decision to decriminalise gay sex I attended a protest rally in the heart of Kolkata But I felt even worse about Shashi Tharoor’s failed bid to introduce a private member’s bill in the Lok Sabha to decriminalise gay sex I was cynical but I didn’t expect that Tharoor would literally be booed Some Lok Sabha members insinuated that Tharoor must be so eager to pass the bill because he is gay That was an act of intolerance I fail to understand what business the state has to preside over what I do with a consenting partner When esteemed elected representatives of the people jeer at me in Parliament I feel betrayed hurt and angry That was the low point for me this year I needed to tell you that However another historic bill which aims to promote the rights of transgenders including through reservations and financial aid was passed unanimously in the Rajya Sabha Kolkata Police took an initiative to recruit transgender people in their workforce a college in a small town in West Bengal got the world’s first transgender principal a locality in Kolkata celebrated Durga Puja with transgender persons as committee members These changes are important — they make a huge difference The Durga Puja organised by transgender persons was something I felt deeply connected to I made my parents visit the pandal and they had a great time there interacting with my friends from the LGBTQ community Yet I have many fears from 2016 Unless gay sex is decriminalised all these initiatives don’t make sense I fear that I will have to think twice before holding my partner’s hand in public I feel that the government is telling us that we can work we can have fun we can teach but we cannot love But I also understand that the onus for creating awareness is not just on you Mr Prime Minister It’s the responsibility of every person In 2016 I plan to be more proactive in generating discussions on Section 377 among friends and colleagues Earlier when I worked at a multinational corporation I would try to raise the issue in different scenarios — while we were hanging out at pubs or having lunch at the cafeteria The idea is to make people understand that a queer person is not any different from you Many straight people I know feel that queer life is all about sex We need to change that perception If I were to get 10 minutes with you Mr prime minister I would tell you about Rai a 27-year-old boy who worked at a reputed electronics showroom as a salesperson and was hounded by his employers to cut his hair short and behave “like a man” I would tell you about Bini a 34-year-old transgender sex worker from south Kolkata who is regularly harassed by the cops and his customers because they know he has no legal standing as a citizen I would then ask you why you think gay sex has to remain illegal in India I am ready to talk but are you ready to listen From Kolkata ***Tomorrow: A BJP worker from Varanasi Ghosh is a Kolkata-based filmmaker and artist He spoke to Premankur Biswas This article originally appeared in the print edition under the headline ‘New Year Postcard-7: Intolerance in the House’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Meghnad Desai | Updated: July 10 2016 6:14 am Voters from both camps in London Reuters Top News Now we know that the next Prime Minister of the UK will be a woman After two rounds of voting in the Conservative Parliamentary Party three men candidates have been eliminated: two at the first stage and the third Michael Gove a leading Leave campaigner at the second stage Gove was seen as untrustworthy after he had knifed his friend Boris Johnson in the back just as Johnson was about to announce his candidacy That has left two women: Theresa May who got two thirds of the votes and Andrea Leadsome who got about a quarter May is experienced having been chairman of the party and Home Secretary for six years the longest tenure in the job in recent memory Leadsome is an untried quantity who entered Parliament only in 2010 and has only been a junior minister Now the ordinary members of the party get to vote one of the two as leader and hence Prime Minister Given the wide popularity of Brexit among Tory party members it is not unlikely that the less experienced candidate may yet win the final vote In the 51 years I have lived here there has never been as much uncertainty and confusion as has been since June 24 when the UK voted to leave the EU We have a Prime Minister who made himself a lame duck by announcing his resignation on that day but delaying its implementation till a new leader is chosen by the party As a result any serious decision about Brexit and its implications cannot be taken till we have a new Prime Minister That is likely to be in early September; so no serious government for almost two months You would not notice it on the streets; things go on as normal but in the political world there is chaos Any other country would be seriously destabilised but this is an old country where the wheels turn as they have done by sheer inertia The origins of the Brexit vote indeed of the need to call the Referendum lie in the recent past of the Conservative Party When Margaret Thatcher was challenged about her leadership by Michael Heseltine a pro-European MP in 1990 she failed to win sufficient votes in the first round In those days the winning candidate had to have a margin of 10 percentage points above the next person She resigned Since then the Thacherite Tories have hated Europe The quarrel wrecked John Major’s term as Prime Minister and then led to three defeats for the party until in 2005 David Cameron won the leadership He had to call a referendum to keep the party together Now he has lost the gamble and no one knows if after the result in September the party will still stay together There have been too much personal animosity and ideological differences within the party to trust things to be peaceful It is a cathartic moment Soon the new leader will have to prepare a strategy for negotiating Brexit with the EU This will take at least two years Then there have to be negotiations about alternative arrangements which could take two years By 2020 we will know which way we are headed Only the Brits could gamble like this For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: June 20 2017 7:35 pm Yuvraj Singh struck a rapidfire fifty to give India the edge over Pakistan (Source: AP) Related News Rahul Dravid has urged the Indian selectors to take a call regarding the future of the team – especially MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh – by keeping an eye on the 2019 World Cup Both of them were part of the squad that featured in the ICC Champions Trophy that culminated on Sunday Dhoni scored 67 runs in two innings while Yuvraj scored 105 runs during the tournament in four innings But their inclusion in the squad for future tours need to be carefully assessed as both Yuvraj and Dhoni are now 35 “It is a call that is got to be taken by the selectors and the management” Dravid told ESPNCricinfo when asked about future of Yuvraj and Dhoni who were the team’s number four and five in the Champions Trophy “And what they see as the road map for Indian cricket and where they see the role of both these cricketers going ahead for the next couple of years Is there a place for both of them Is there a place for only one of them Do you want to reassess it in a year’s time six months’ time Do you want to look at the available talent and see what they have to offer before going back to these two players” he said He urged selectors and team management push youngsters in the team Dravid believes that will be good to build players of tomorrow and even if the young guns don’t perform Dhoni and Yuvraj remain strong fallback options “They have taken a decision to go to the West Indies with a full-strength squad I really hope they are willing to experiment at least in the playing XI and give more opportunities to people If you don’t do that suddenly you don’t want to come to a situation and say in a year’s time where you say ‘We haven’t given people chances so these are the only guys we have got’ “Better position to be in: ‘We have tried everything else but we still feel that Yuvi and Dhoni are fit they are playing very well and they are the guys to see us through’ And no one will complain about that” he said Dravid pushed for more mystery spinners such as Kuldeep Yadav and wrist spinners to come into the side after the duopoly of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t get much help from the flat surfaces in England “We are playing on really flat wickets It is tough on them and … it is not happening If you want wickets in the middle wrist-spinners and mystery spinners are the ones who look like taking wickets on some of these flat wickets with the fielding restrictions “It is nice to have Kuldeep Yadav coming in He needs to be given a lot more game time He has got ability he has got a bit of mystery about him” he added India’s series against West Indies begins on June 23 where they play five ODIs and a T20I Kuldeep has been drawn into the squad alongside Rishabh Pant in place of Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah who have been rested For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News BEIRUT (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s official Syrian wing the Nusra Front announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting General Military Commander Abu Humam al-Shami a veteran of Islamist militant fighting in Afghanistan Iraq and Syria was the senior-most member of the group to die in the Syria war an insurgent source said Insurgent sources said a US-led coalition air strike hit the meeting in the northwestern province of Idlib but a coalition spokesman said it had not conducted air strikes in the province during the past 24 hours The sources said at least three other Nusra Front commanders were also killed in the blast which they said hit the town of Salqin near the border with Turkey Syrian insurgents have in the past killed member of rival militant groups by planting bombs at meetings The blast comes at a time of flux for the Nusra Front which is waging war on other insurgents and also looking for support from Gulf states sources in Nusra have said "The Islamic Nation is bleeding because of the news of the martyrdom of Commander Abu Humam" Nusra Front said on Twitter "It’s a major blow to Nusra A very painful very powerful hit" one insurgent source said declining to be named as he was not allowed to speak to the media The United States has carried out strikes against one of Nusra’s jihadi rivals Islamic State in Iraq since July and in Syria since September It has also targeted Nusra fighters in Syria The Nusra Front has also battled western-backed Syrian rebels this year seizing their territory and forcing them to disarm so as to consolidate its power in northern Syria Hazzm one of the last remnants of non-jihadist opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in northern Syria dissolved itself last week after weeks of fighting with the Nusra Front After Thursday’s attack the Nusra Front told its members not to provide information to the media the insurgent sources said The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which tracks the conflict also said that al-Shami was killed as well as other Nusra Front members The weakness of the mainstream Syrian opposition and the growing power of the Nusra Front and Islamic State has complicated diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian conflict that has killed around 200000 people The war started in 2011 after security forces cracked down on a peaceful pro-democracy movement (Reporting by Mariam Karouny in Beirut Ahmed Tolba in Cairo and Phil Stewart in Washington; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Tom Heneghan) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 8 2017 12:23 am Kapil Dev led India to World Cup title win in 1983 Top News There have been many tales of superstitions and their impact on cricketers Not only Indians but international cricketer have their own set of superstitiions From Sachin Tendulkar to Harbhajan Singh to R Ashwin stories of cricketers and their superstitions are common Not only present cricketers but many former cricketers including Kapil Dev also had superstitions India’s first World Cup-winning captain recently revealed how he got rid of them during a match “There is a lot of superstition Even when you are watching a match at home and if India is playing well they (family) do not allow you to leave I think everyone has their own beliefs That is why this game is so popular” Kapil said about his playing days “When I was a youngster I too had my own set of beliefs I would always wear the left pad first and put the right foot first on the ground These were little things… do the right things in life” Kapil said on the What The Duck show The former all-rounder revealed how he had a superstition of wearing a slim chain with a Lord Shiva pendant but after an incident in the match he stopped thinking about it “I would wear a slim chain with a Lord Shiva pendant because a sportsman is always a little scared You (want to) keep God close to your heart I played a shot and my chain touched the bat and it made a sound The chain was quite long and it came out There was an appeal (for caught behind) Luckily the umpire gave not out I was relaxed But in the evening I removed the chain and kada (bracelet) And I thought about my life’s self-beliefs “My inner voice said that maybe these chains will not score runs for me If God is there then he’s there If you look at a top swimmer at Olympics level they shave all their body hair so that they can swim even faster And here (in cricket) we wear so many things and make ourselves heavy Today when I observe a few players adjusting their chains after every ball I feel their mind… second thought is here “So to avoid it I got rid of my chain and the bracelet If I had the ability then I will score runs A chain or any other thing is not going to score runs for me I wanted to know if I can make runs without them Somehow I freed myself from all these things When I see some players today I laugh They still don’t have the self-belief in them They don’t have self-realisation” said Kapil For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Christophe Jaffrelot | Updated: August 20 2014 12:45 pm In 2011 Khan held a meeting in Lahore attracting about 100000 people a turning point Related News If one goes by the media coverage of Imran Khan’s Azadi March from Lahore to Islamabad last Saturday — strident anecdotal and picturesque as it has to be on TV — one may conclude that Imran has become the leader of the opposition even if this title is officially held by Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) But after a week in Islamabad including one day and half a night watching the cavalcade and listening to the speeches of Imran Khan and his lieutenants I could not help but wonder if he can conceal the obvious weaknesses of his strategy Khan founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 1996 four years after winning the cricket World Cup But the party bagged only one seat in 2002 Imran’s own and boycotted the 2008 elections The PTI began to gain momentum in 2011 by capitalising on two themes: the defence of national sovereignty vis-à-vis the US (especially the drone strikes in the Pashtun belt) and the fight against corruption the scourge of Pakistan that had reached new highs under Asif Ali Zardari In 2011 Khan held a meeting in Lahore attracting about 100000 people a turning point Imran Khan’s popularity owed largely to the fact that he was in tune with the expectations of many Pakistanis including the urban middle class and the youth The formula “Naya Pakistan” which was extensively used by the Pakistani media to describe the atmosphere of the 2013 elections — that registered a record turnout — was originally the PTI’s campaign slogan The party which made inroads in the big cities came second in Faisalabad and Karachi It also came second at the national level with 167 per cent of valid votes against the 151 per cent of the PPP which was relegated to third position for the first time but won more seats than the PTI The PTI believed that it had been deprived of some seats it had actually won because of rigging and presented its case before the election commission More than a year after a very small number of the petitions had been dealt with — and not always in favour of the PTI either The rigging of the elections was the initial motivation behind the PTI’s mobilization last week but the Azadi March also targeted the Nawaz Sharif government Certainly in one year Nawaz Sharif has not achieved much In contrast to his previous government he has been relatively inactive and even absent More importantly he has continued with the patrimonial and even predatory modus operandi of the PPP In a way one family has been replaced by another at the helm of Pakistan since Sharif’s brother is the chief Minister of Punjab Hence Imran Khan’s formula: the “Sharif monarchy” The fact that when civilians have been in office two families — Bhutto/ Zardari and Sharif — have alternated in power since 1988 is certainly problematic This dynastic syndrome helps Khan present himself as an alternative to the establishment But does that make him a democrat First Khan has shown affinities with Islamic parties as evident from his defence of the anti-blasphemy law his discourse on Sharia his rejection of the Ahmadis and the coalition he has made with the Jama’at-i-Islami to rule the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Second he supported Pervez Musharraf’s government in 2002 during the referendum that gave legitimacy to the would-be president-general Third while the PTI attracted some new blood early on the politicians who joined the party later had long careers behind them — and sometimes dubious records Some of them have worked closely with Musharraf including the party spokesperson Shireen Mazari Sheikh Rashid (a former PML-N minister who was minister for five years under Musharraf) and Khurshid Kasuri (Musharraf’s minister of foreign affairs) Others have worked with General Zia-ul-Haq like Javed Hashmi a former leader of the PML-N and an activist of the Jama’at-i-Islami’s student union before that In the container transformed into a mobile home that took Imran Khan from Lahore to Islamabad on August 15 were also politicians who were neither new blood nor progressive like Shah Mahmood Qureshi former leader of the PML-N and PPP His father a big landowner in South Punjab had already switched allegiance from Bhutto to Zia (who had named him governor of Punjab in 1985) but Qureshi had joined the PPP for a while becoming minister of foreign affairs in 2008 before shifting to the PTI in 2011 If Imran Khan is against political dynasties he can only object to Qureshi’s pedigree And if he is to promote a new Pakistan he should be worried about the presence of so many old politicians who are clearly part of the establishment he is attacking Imran Khan has also received the oblique support of the Chaudhry brothers of the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) Musharraf’s former party who are the heirs to an old political family (one more) that has always been close to the army Now that they are locked in a rivalry with the Sharifs — their former allies — they appeal today for a national government While “Inquilab” is the motto “kursi” is the sub-text of the leaders on the streets of Islamabad today In addition to these fundamental contradictions the immediate political future of Imran Khan is obscured by others which are more tactical First he has not left any way out for himself in the present confrontation with Nawaz Sharif declaring emphatically that he would not leave Islamabad till the prime minister resigns and elections are called Such a maximalist stand would be sustainable only if he could expect support from the army the usual referee in such circumstances which had forced fresh elections three times in the 1980s and 1990s Imran Khan may well be in touch with the still-influential former ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha (who may support him in order to put pressure on Nawaz Sharif because the prime minister is trying to put Musharraf on trial something no armyman can swallow easily) But Imran has probably alienated Raheel Sharif chief of the army staff by asking repeatedly for negotiations with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Last but not least Imran Khan has probably displeased some urban middle-class voters who think that his strategy weakens an already fragile democracy The Azadi March has seen sporadic violence and if the sit-in that started on Saturday results in some anarchy the army may eventually have a good excuse to intervene The urban middle class may also find the timing of the agitation ill-conceived given the Islamist threat and the economic problems that the country is facing However if Imran Khan wins something in this confrontation by forcing Nawaz Sharif to make at least one substantial concession he may appear as a hero to other segments — the lower middle class and the poor — which are looking for a saviour and do not believe in the PPP as much as they used to The writer is senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/ CNRS Paris professor of Indian politics and sociology at King’s India Institute London Princeton Global Scholar and non-resident scholar at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News is growing significantly in all countries, was rushed in as a reserve. did not require environmental clearances.

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