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Section 377 is overturned

Friday, September 07, 2018

With Section 377 of the IPC having been overturned on Thursday, liberals everywhere are celebrating the Supreme Court’s verdict in favour of the equality of love. With a unanimous decision from the five-judge bench decriminalizing homosexuality, the court declared: “Section 377 is arbitrary. The LGBT community possesses rights like others. Majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights." In light of this we reproduce a masterful poem, published in The New York Times in 2014, by writer and activist Vikram Seth celebrating the universality of love:   

Through Love’s Great Power
Vikram Seth
Through love’s great power to be made whole
In mind and body, heart and soul—
Through freedom to find joy, or be
By dint of joy itself set free
In love and in companionhood:
This is the true and natural good.

To undo justice, and to seek
To quash the rights that guard the weak—
To sneer at love, and wrench apart
The bonds of body, mind and heart
With specious reason and no rhyme:
This is the true unnatural crime.

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