News from the Global South
India Today: Not Happy and Gay
Hindustan Times - New Delhi, India, June 29, 2005 The wheel of time spins at a laggard pace. Decades back when acclaimed Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai penned Lihaf (The Quilt), she ruffled many feathers and her work was immediately labeled as 'feminist postcolonial canon'. The protagonists, a gay Nawab Sahib and his neglected wife Begum Jan, who finds solace in lesbianism, caused a furore in 1941 and subsequently the short story was banned on charges of obscenity.
It's Becoming Harder to Come Out
Hindustan Times - New Delhi, India, June 29, 2005 While the homosexual movement in the West is clamouring for attention, activists in India feel that too much hype has queered the pitch for those who want to come out in the open.
Times of India - New Delhi, India, June 29, 2005 Despite being an international writer -- Nedjma, which means 'star' in Arabic -- still lives in anonymity. No photographs, 'real' name not revealed. "It's a veil, it's a privilege that nobody can identify me.
MTV Launches New Gay Cable TV Channel
Reuters - India, June 29, 2005 The prospect of a television channel entirely devoted to gay programs for gay people may strike some as unnecessary and others as a sign of immoral times. Media giant Viacom thinks there's money in it.
Status of Homosexuals Worldwide
Hindustan Times - Delhi, India June 28, 2005 The Indian Penal Code - Chap. XVI, Sec. 377 "Unnatural offences" 377. "Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine."