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he had moved on to support the NDA regime only to return to the so-called secular brigade a few years later.Abu Dhabi: Gareth Bale scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to strike the Real Madrid winner as the European champions survived a scare to beat local side Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Club World Cup final he should. But then he ‘came out’ and said would he have a problem about being gay My view was that there was nothing in Hinduism unlike the Abrahamic religions which formally disapproved of homosexuality Indian society especially since the modernisation during Victorian times had however picked up some puritanical notions which found sex loathsome especially gay sex But if he did not flaunt his preferences I felt he should be alright This was as it turned out The young man returned and is now at home in India I thought of this as the Supreme Court rejected all appeals against it setting aside the Delhi High Court verdict which came near to the expunging of Section 377 from the IPC At that time it seemed the government may strongly object to the Supreme Court’s verdict on appeal but that does not seem to have worked The only option remaining is for legislation to be brought before Parliament to formally remove the section from the IPC How likely is that Parliamentary activities are fragile and frenetic in any case After the election there may be less of a dogfight every day at least for the first two or three years Can we hope that Parliament will then undertake the bold step of removing Section 377 This will depend on the winners in 2014 and if the BJP is the winner as seems most likely there is little likelihood that the government will be active on that front As Rajnath Singh said the BJP is in agreement with the Supreme Court on 377 and is unlikely to legislate I do not think a fragile coalition of Third Parties will be any better and the Aam Aadmi Party may just end up taking an SMS poll and who knows what that would say Activists for gay and lesbian freedoms should neither despair nor get angry I have observed the campaign for gay rights in the UK for nearly 50 years and I can say that it is never easy but essential to win over a majority of the society to gay rights While homosexuality was decriminalised after the Wolfenden Report in the late 1960s it has taken 40 years in the UK till the Conservative Party was finally moved to take a positive attitude towards gay sex This was despite the well-known prevalence of homosexuality in public schools to which many Conservative Party members had been There have always been ‘closet gays’ among the MPs Chris Smith the MP for the Islington South and Finsbury constituency was the first MP to come out openly I was active in the party and in the campaign His open declaration was a watershed event The Labour Party was active in the gay rights campaign but even within the party there were conservative elements Trade unionists were radical on bread and butter issues but dead against gay sex The Conservative government under Margaret Thatcher was adamant on gay teachers being prevented from inculcating their ‘disease’ into young minds Time and again we fought to have sections of the Education Act removed which were anti-gay The Church of England has had to confront the presence of gay bishops The Catholic Church is just now being brought into the 21 century by Pope Francis but even so there will be years before there are openly gay priests in the Holy Church Indian gays thus face a long campaign to educate their parents and teachers and friends to adopt a healthy and supportive attitude The task cannot be done from above by a court verdict What is needed is the broad consensual acceptance of gay lifestyle being as normal as any other lifestyle This will not be easy Political leadership is a vital ingredient in such a campaign as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have shown Who is there in India to give political voice to gay rights Narendra Modi Rahul Gandhi or Arvind Kejriwal Or someone new may yet emerge For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: February 4 2017 10:01 pm Top News BJP candidates for the February 21 BMC poll will take a vow of providing transparent and corruption free regime in the civic body tomorrow a senior party leader said on Saturday” Candidates of BJP and allies in BMC poll will take a vow of providing transparent and corruption free regime in the civic body tomorrow after offering tributes at the Hutatma Chowk” Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar told reporters Maharashtra BJP chief Raosaheb Danve will launch the party’s campaign for BMC poll on Sunday State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will interact with people online on Monday Shelar said Suggestions from people during the interaction will be incorporated in the BJP poll manifesto he added For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | Published: December 29 2015 12:00 am PM Narendra Modi with Nawaz Sharif Related News The conventional wisdom in Delhi is that a serious engagement with Pakistan is not worth the trouble It is no surprise therefore that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold outreach to Pakistan has generated little enthusiasm among Delhi’s talking heads But look beyond Delhi and you might notice considerable support — including from many of the PM’s sworn political adversaries Consider for example the reactions to Modi’s Christmas Day para-drop on Lahore The Congress party was quick to scoff at the government’s flip-flops on Pakistan It is plain that the Congress is merely doing what the BJP did to it during the decade-long UPA rule The NDA which initiated the peace process with Pakistan under far more difficult circumstances was quick to attack Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for staying the course that his predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee had set for Pakistan Ignore the revenge politics of the Congress and the picture gets very interesting There is probably no political formation in the country that is more hostile to the PM and his ideological “parivar” than the Communist parties But the CPI and CPM were among the first to welcome Modi’s Pakistan initiative The Indian communists after all are programmatically committed to finding peace with Pakistan In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Mulayam Singh Yadav Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are equally committed to good neighbourly relations with Pakistan As the inheritors of Ram Manohar Lohia’s socialist legacy these “backward” leaders have long championed secularism at home and normalisation of relations with Pakistan Nitish Kumar who is emerging as a rallying figure for the anti-BJP forces in the heartland made a very impressive visit to Pakistan as chief minister of Bihar in 2012 President Asif Ali Zardari hosted him for a banquet and there was much talk of Pakistan learning from Bihar’s turnaround under Nitish Kumar Turn your gaze to the states bordering Pakistan in the north-west and you will find near unanimous political support for Modi’s outreach to Nawaz Sharif In the Kashmir valley the ruling People’s Democratic Party the opposition National Conference and the separatist groups have all supported Modi’s effort to renew the dialogue with Pakistan In Punjab the Shiromani Akali Dal the BJP’s long-standing political partner has long sought normalisation of relations with Pakistan Parkash Singh Badal the veteran Akali leader and chief minister of Punjab was on the bus that took Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee across the Wagah border in February 1999 At the end of 2012 Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had visited Lahore and unveiled an agenda for comprehensive cooperation between the two Punjabs But as military tensions on the border escalated soon after the Akali hopes turned sour Much credit for promoting cooperation across the Radcliffe Line in Punjab should go to the Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh who was chief minister during 2002-07 for launching a very promising set of exchanges with the provincial government in Lahore No wonder the captain’s response to Modi’s Pakistan surprise visit was very different from the churlishness of Congress leaders in Delhi In Punjab which paid with its blood for the Partition of the province and the subcontinent there is great yearning today for reconciliation That sentiment extends to Haryana which was once part of undivided Punjab When the peace process began to gain traction in 2004 the then chief minister of Haryana Omprakash Chautala visited Pakistan to seek greater transborder cooperation Modi can easily build on the aspirations in the western states by encouraging the chief ministers of Gujarat Rajasthan Punjab and Haryana — to establish contact and communication with their counterparts in Sindh Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa All of them either belong to the BJP or its allies Jammu and Kashmir of course is in a category all of its own The BJP which is ruling the state in coalition with the PDP is already committed to a substantive agenda of cooperation with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir The common minimum programme of the two parties issued earlier this year wants to enhance “people to people contact” across the LoC take “travel commerce trade and business across the LoC to the next level” and open “new routes across all three regions to enhancing connectivity” What comes across is a very important political fact: Delhi’s entrenched pessimism on Pakistan is not in tune with the interests of a large number of political constituencies that want a more relaxed relationship between the two countries If he can unleash these positive forces and check the sceptics in his own party Modi might generate a strong domestic support base for his Pakistan initiative That in turn would make it a lot easier for the PM to handle the many imponderables in engaging Pakistan and experiment with a range of new diplomatic initiatives The writer is consulting editor on foreign affairs with ‘The Indian Express’ and distinguished fellow Observer Research Foundation Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related Newshe continually returns to this core political refrain: He talks about using government in energetic but limited ways to increase growth,and contributing to peace and development in the neighbourhood. 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