Transwomen as special Security guards in Bihar?

Transwomen as special Security guards in Bihar?

Reshma Prasad, Bihar’s best known transgender activist, has mooted a proposal that TGs be deployed as security guards in Observation and Special homes run under the JJ Act. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar went on to ask officials to figure out if transgender persons (read transwomen) could serve as security guards at remand homes, short stay […]

Really, what if the Court legalizes ‘gay’ intimacy?

Really, what if the Court legalizes ‘gay’ intimacy?

Last night I got a call from a young brash reporter from a newspaper I was once associated with. Those who know me don’t have to ask which one, but let’s get on with what I have to say. This chap asks me ,’What do you have to say about the latest news about article […]

What the 377 judgement will mean ….

What the 377 judgement will mean ….

Yesterday evening, a long-lost friend called me up, out of the blue. The very first thing he asked me was, “How do you think the judgement in the 377 case will go?” I answered that I was trying not to think about it. I am yet to get over the brazen way in which a […]

Kids with Backpacks =Bootlegging suspects in Bihar

Kids with Backpacks =Bootlegging suspects in Bihar

Patna: Even as more evidence surfaces that in spite of draconian laws, Nitish Kumar’s  much touted prohibition is neither popular nor effective, youngsters carrying backpacks are going to face random checks by policemen. So much for privacy and dignity of private citizens! On Sunday, cops nabbed  an engineering graduate for bootlegging in the Patliputra Colony […]

Small town Liquor loot: Cat and mouse games continue!

Small town Liquor loot: Cat and mouse games continue!

People in Nabinagar cocked a snook at the State prohibition policy, when they grabbed and made off with pouches of ‘illicit’ country liquor from cartons that had fallen on the road. The helpless police arrived at the scene too late. Nabinagar , 169km southwest of Patna,is a town in Aurangabad district, and the incident happened […]

Is the Indian Constitution being pulled apart, section by section?

Is the Indian Constitution being pulled apart, section by section?

A ‘Save the Constitution, Save the Country’ rally was held on Sunday, attended by some 1500 people in the pouring rain. These folks came from several districts around Patna. They were ordinary folk: daily wage earners, teachers, students, a professor or two, a couple of government employees and so on and so forth.  So, what […]

My Dad and I played with a plastic football!

My Dad and I played with a plastic football!

In ‘Backward’ Bihar, where entire village communities frown on women playing sports, a labourer buys a plastic ball for his daughter to pursue her football dreams… “My father is my very first coach. When I was small, he bought a plastic ball, and he taught me to kick it around,” says Priti Kunari, a feisty […]

The Last Word on Indian Nationalism?

The Last Word on Indian Nationalism?

When President Emeritus Pranab Mukherjee announced that he would, in fact, accept the invitation from the RSS and be the chief guest of a valedictory function, the Indian media went on over-drive. The political landscape was all-shaken up. The reactions in the mainstream media were amusing, annoying, distasteful, and shallow, all at the same time. […]

Bihar Police arrest poor caretaker for smuggling Royal Stag

Bihar Police arrest poor caretaker for smuggling Royal Stag

Even though Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ‘moralistic’  imposition of prohibition is far from popular in  ‘civilized circles’ in  Bihar, the police are doggedly doing their duty, we hear. A police team raided the ‘official residence’ allotted to one Dr. Chandeshwar Choudhary, a retired medical officer of a Primary Health Centre (PHC) at […]