Rainbow of Hope

How decriminalisation of 377 gave this pessimist a reality check


What Supreme court of India did by decriminalising 377, not just for the gay community but for the entire country has suddenly instilled this hope in the youth of this country that we Indians are capable of change and, so is our government.

For me personally, it was a slap on the wrist for all the pessimist thoughts I have about my country.

“Nothing ever changes in this country.”
“The Judicial system of this country is broken.”
“I hate this chalta hai attitude.”
These are only some of the examples of things I often say when talking about Indian society and politics.

I have friends who are gay, and I did go to a few pride parades/protests with them but was I hopeful of change? Never
I had given up on the government doing anything for LGBTQ community or just about anything long back.  I would continuously advise the gay couples I know to move to Europe.

“Move to Spain, you can get married here”, is what I told my friend when she came to see me in Madrid this March.

And for the past two months that I have been back all I do is complain about the pollution, traffic, people, anything and everything.
So why and how did a bill on decriminalising Gay sex ignite that hope in me that has been extinguished a decade ago?

I read this statement by the Supreme Court of India online

Primary objective of having a Constitutional society is to transform the society progressively; Constitutional provisions should not be interpreted in literal sense.

Sexual orientation of an individual is natural and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation of Freedom of Expression.

LGBT Community has same rights as of any ordinary citizen. Respect for each others rights, and others are supreme humanity. Criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible.

The provision of IPC had resulted in collateral effect in that consensual sex between LGBT person is criminalised and is violative of Article 14.

To all those people who fought for this year after year with almost no support from the government or our society, thank you.
Thank you, for reminding this pessimist that change can be slow but if you keep trying it is imminent.

Next time when I see something in need of change in this country instead of thinking nothing can and will change in this country, I will ask myself.

“What can I do to make that change happen?”

And to all those pessimists who had given up hope just like me, I would like to say

“Get inspired. Love just won!!”