Sunday, July 12, 2009

Where the mind is without fear

We can debate on anything. We need not know a thing about it. Look at the debate on section 377. So what is it and what does the judgement say? It matters not at all. We have had public, private, local and national debates on it. Open the newspaper and that is a headline. Switch on the TV and all you hear is section 377, gay, lesbian, homosexuals etc.

How many have actually understood what exactly all the debate is about? I have not read any judgement. But then, I do not need a judgement to tell me that what happens between two CONSENTING ADULTS is their business.

So why are we debating so much? We seem worried that this will bring about a depraved society. As if sexual preference/ orientation is contagious. Something that we can catch from another, just by exposure. There are many arguments being bandied around. The most popular oft repeated one being that we need not copy the west. Some one even argued that 'they ' would make pre-marital sex legal next! I was not aware that it was illegal in the first place. I thought it had to do more with morality and social sensibilities. From what I understand, all this judgement does is stop homosexuals from being dubbed criminals. It does not foster or encourage sexuality.

Also, are we not proud Indians who love to claim this poem and poet, Rabindranath Tagore?

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow
domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the
dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought
and action--
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake
.

If we truly wish to live by the sentiment in the poem, we do have to let all sort of thoughts find their ground. As for debating, well, it is a good thing, but hopefully armed with better understanding and more informed minds.

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