Muslim youth today wish to be independent-minded and liberal, able to exert free will and free choice: Manju Kak in The Outlook

It is generally held that Indian Muslims vote ‘en masse’, that they are a votebank to be cultivated by affirmative action or by the bogey of ‘minority tag’, both of which have been exploited by the spectrum of political parties in an unholy conspiracy for electoral gains. It is assumed that as part of the largest minority grouping in India, they are comfortable with such political and ideological positioning.

Vikram-SethDisappointed at the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), author Vikram Seth said political parties that favour this ruling should know that homophobia came into India and not homosexuality.

“There is no question about the fact that this ruling has pushed us backwards, and now you will be a criminal if you are open about it. Can you imagine the huge weight of this law of Indian Supreme Court, a revered institution?” Seth told IANS.