The decision of the royal family of Rajpipla, 100 km from Baroda, to disown its gay scion, Manvendrasinh Gohil, and strip him of his title and inheritance rights, throws a big question mark over India's acceptance of homosexuality.
‘‘Manvendra is not in control of his mother and involved in activities unacceptable to society,’’ says one of the notices issued by his mother in a Gujarati daily, which also accuses him of disobedience and bringing dishonour to the family.
Gohil, for his part, says: "I came out as gay because I wanted people to openly discuss homosexuality since it’s a hidden affair with a lot of stigma attached."
Is homosexuality still unacceptable in the 21st century? If the Kama Sutra has no problems with same-sex relationships, should we?
Truth be said, Kamasutra does not uphold homosexuality as ‘cool’. It records it, like it records all forms of sexual behaviour among human beings. However, the disclaimer is given throughout the book that “these acts should not be indulged in and only sex within marriage between man and women is legitimate.
The Kamasutra is revolutionary because it gave an objective description of all forms of sexual behaviour. However, it does not endorse them all by its mere mention.
But homosexuality does not need the sanction of the Kamasutra or any ancient text for that matter. It needs the understanding of human beings towards fellow human beings and the respect for an individual’s personal choice, which harms no one else.
Denying a person the right to choose their partner is morally wrong. However much we cloak our traditions of marriage in garbs of sanctity, the truth is marriage as an institution was established for procreation and that alone, in every culture. In modern times, we have more population than we can handle, and we have moved ahead significantly as a civilization, and yet we grant only some the right to choose their lives and not others.
Rev. Malthus of the famous Malthusian theory of population says if we do not control population by any means then the population will be doubled every 25 years then the nature will find its own means to curtail population
I wonder modern times (read nature)has more homosexuals then ever before, another prophesy of bachelor Rev.Malthus?.
Judging a person based on their sexual orientation is something that has troubled me for quite sometime.
Why are we not open minded enough to accept people for what they are? Is homosexualtiy or being transexuals a crime? Is sexualtity “so” important that we are refuse to look beyond it? I wonder.
Respecting every individual for the choice they make, is the most basic form of respect for human kind. Whether he is a heir to a throne or a sex worker on the streets.
In general, people fear and don’t like what is different…unfortunate really