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15-07-2022

Free but not free (July 15, 2022)

Editor’s Note: In 2018, India decriminalised same-sex relationships. It was a radical move in a country otherwise riddled by patriarchy and bigotry, but has it really meant freedom? On June 23, a man in Ayodhya got beaten up for kissing his wife in public. Given this degree of regression, it’s no surprise the gay community continues to be abused, tortured, and blackmailed. Outside Pride marches and Twitter timelines, they must still keep their sexuality secret. But regression is in the air. As I type this, the US Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs Wade, thus removing the right to abortion. Queers, women, Dalits, the list of marginalised communities whose bodies patriarchy wants to control is long. The fight for freedom will be as long. But there are wins too. And films, books, and music. In this issue, Frontline acknowledges the struggles and celebrates the victories. Vaishna Roy

Briefing

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Verdicts of empathy

Books
An excerpt from “Pride versus Prejudice: The Struggle against Section 377” by Saurabh Kirpal. It details the four judgments passed in Navtej Singh Joh
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Reforms in limbo

Books
The story of former IPS officer Prakash Singh’s litigation that resulted in the 2006 judgment on police reforms, and the subsequent struggle to get th
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How are Chhattisgarh’s tribals fighting back miners in central India’s densest forest?

Environment
Indigenous communities in Chhattisgarh’s Hasdeo Arand forests are fighting back mining activity, an incursion that is rife with allegations of wrongdo
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Kuttanad: The next vanishing wetland?

Environment
Kuttanad in Kerala, a unique wetland under threat from extreme climate events and ecological destruction, urgently needs a long-term strategy.
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Has COVID truly exposed the broken global order?

Columns
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic being a severe and truly global crisis, developed countries continue to act in the interests of Big Pharma instead of fo
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Has India weathered the desert storm over remarks against the Prophet?

World Affairs
India appears to have weathered the storm in Islamic nations over the remarks against the Prophet made by BJP members.
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How is Assam faring on the TB eradication front?

Health
Government and non-governmental organisations in Assam are attempting to accelerate the State’s TB eradication programme through community engagement
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Are Hindi films problematising history?

Columns
After Padmaavat, the Hindu historical tasted blood and sharpened its fangs, but the recent Samrat Prithviraj is a weak offspring of the genre, neither
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Carlo Ancelotti: Champion coach

Sports
Four Champions League titles and the only man to win all five of Europe’s “big five” leagues, Carlo Ancelotti represents perhaps the essence of quiet
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The Maldives: Not entirely idyllic

World Affairs
The Maldives presents unique governance problems as it is not a contiguous territorial nation state.
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Has ‘Agnipath’ opened a Pandora’s box for the Narendra Modi government?

India
The Agnipath policy, which has resulted in widespread and violent protests, is rationalised as being driven by financial imperatives, with the governm
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Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee: ‘My sexual orientation has nothing to do with my artistic roots’

Lead Story
Interview with Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, interdisciplinary artiste.
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Tamil Nadu: Changing social attitudes towards LGBTQIA+ community a work in progress

Lead Story
Tamil Nadu has been among the most progressive States when it comes to laws protecting the trans community, but this is only slowly translating into a
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Naveen Soorinje: ‘Communalism grew after land reforms’

Social Issues
Interview with Naveen Soorinje, journalist and author of Netravathiyalli Nettaru.
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Gayfest: Book guide

Lead Story
A few books that enable a deeper understanding of difference and diversity in India.
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Gayfest: Cinema guide

Lead Story
Movies that started conversations.
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Using the loopholes: Delhi HC disallows filing of FIRs against BJP leaders

India
A Delhi High Court bench has disallowed the filing of FIRs against two BJP leaders who allegedly made hate speeches during the anti-CAA protests at Sh
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ED’s questioning of Rahul Gandhi becomes rallying point for Congress workers

Politics
Across the country, Congress workers took to the streets in large numbers to protest the Enforcement Directorate’s prolonged questioning of Rahul and
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Queer connections: How has the dating scene changed for the LGBTQIA+ community?

Lead Story
Apps may have revolutionised the dating scene, but extortion, blackmail, and the difficulty in finding real companionship continues to haunt the commu
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How visible is the cultural footprint of India’s queer community?

Lead Story
The queer community has expanded its cultural footprint phenomenally in recent times, through art exhibitions, cinema, literature, entrepreneurship, a
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Unlocking an alternative politics

Books
The book calls upon the reader to get rid of the communal-secular binary to understand the various ways in which the politics of knowledge is played o
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Why have West Bengal’s Bills on new Chancellor of State universities triggered an outcry?

India
West Bengal’s Bills to replace the Governor with the Chief Minister as Chancellor of State universities triggers an outcry from the opposition as also
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Is Latin America witnessing a return of the ‘Pink Tide’?

World Affairs
After Peru, Chile and Honduras, Colombia elects a left-wing President, a result that is all the more significant in a country where right-wing regimes
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‘Hindu radicalisation the lethal challenge’

Social Issues
Interview with Irfan Ahmad, political anthropologist.
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Targeted demolitions: Uttar Pradesh back to bulldozer tactics yet again

Communalism
The Uttar Pradesh government resorts to bulldozer tactics yet again, this time to terrorise Muslims in Aligarh, but the Supreme Court’s timely interve
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Are the Madhya Pradesh local body polls a one-horse race?

Politics
The Congress in Madhya Pradesh appears to be in no position to challenge the BJP in the municipal elections slated for July.
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A Ray hero looks back

Books
A new book throws light on various aspects of Satyajit Ray’s life and works and never-heard-before anecdotes.
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Trans-formation on the big screen: Queer themes in Indian cinema

Lead Story
The trajectory of queer-themed films in Indian cinema can be traced from the banal in the early years to queerbaiting—which suggests but does not depi
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Parmesh Shahani: ‘We are still not equal today’

Lead Story
Interview with Parmesh Shahani, author, culture curator, and inclusion advocate.
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“What’s your pronoun?”

Lead Story
From the first openly gay erstwhile royal to the first openly gay politician, Indians in same-sex relationships are slowly feeling confident enough to