India, a country which still struggles to set itself free from the irrational social mores and look beyond its conventional horizon. Age-long praxes are still what the nation is rooted with, not swaying to embrace modernity. Nobody is asking them, Indians, to break off the shackles of practised-customs but what harm do they bear in accepting the modern customs. It’s just there in their minds, which inhibit them to go along with the changing generation. Change of hearts and minds is the need of hours.
Homosexuals and criminals in India share the same status. Like an innocent child is asked to keep their mouth shut on an approach of stranger, Indian parents, I bet, can undisputedly ask their grown-up child to make no homosexual friend. Yes, bitter it may sound to eyes but the truth is that India is still under the clutches of hypocrisy and pretence. Opposite-sex marriage is okay but same-sex marriage isn’t. Why? Stop any random Indian and ask them why. I challenge that they will blather every damn illogical logics but not to-the-point response to the ‘why’. Because they just want to stay affirmed with established stereotypes, not budging to open their arms for ‘novelty’. Look at Ireland who recently legalized same-sex marriage painting a new inspirational picture of marriage. Marriage is recognized as a soulful attachment between two beings irrespective of the sex they belong to. This once understood can uplift the life of homosexuals who are homosexuals by nature and not intention. It’s quite important to realize that those born with homosexuality are also one of the shades of god’s creations. Why shun them from the society? Why not let them have the liberty to live the way so-called normal people live? Why not allow them live their love life? Why a-no-partner life for them? Why no-live in relationship for them?
Homosexuality too is a way of living
The renowned ad agency, Oglivy and Mather came up with a wonderful ad to promote same-sex marriage.
“We tried to avoid the stereotypes associated with gay people. There was no one woman looking more masculine or feminine in the film. We tried to give it a candid feel like it is any other couple being apprehensive about meeting the parents,” says Avishek Ghosh, co-partner of Hectic Content, the production house that made the film conceptualized by ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, Bangalore.
The visibility of same-sex couples is what makes this ad timely says LGBT rights activist Ashok Row Kavi. “This is a bold statement. Lesbians around the world have been in the news, they are getting married and fighting for their rights. This is what society sees, same-sex couples living happily, and there is a huge audience that accepts this,” says Kavi.
Says ad-man K V Sridhar, “This trend started last year, with Fastrack ads that hinted homosexuality, Tanishq that showed a re-marriage etc. In India, while living in is still a shock, this ad has gone a step ahead. It is commendable.”
I just wish the minds of India to change one day. I just wish homosexuals to live the normal lifestyle one day. I just wish us, Indians to be considerate and not ignorant of the traits of homosexuals one day. I just wish the community to be looked upon as ‘one’ with no bifurcations between transgender, homosexuals, dalits, blacks, whites and all such creepy identities.
By Prerna Daga