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In a democratic system like ours (India), if a public interest petition is filed, who filed is not an issue, and once the competent court finds that there is merit in the case, the court as the guardian of the Constitution is bound to entertain and dispose off the petition. The petitioner may not be an affected party, but if the petitioner strongly believes that the matter involved will violate the fundamental rights of the citizens or any of the citizens, then the judiciary is bound. Otherwise what can happen is that the matter itself may destroy the very basic fabric of the democracy in which the petitioner is also a constituent. Fundamental rights are the rights guaranteed to the citizens or to say every individual citizen, not to a group or crowd. Democracy is not Kingdom at which an affected person may reach the king and get remedial measures. About Sabarimala and several other matters similar to Sabarimala, there are several inequalities still existing as existed in the slavery periods or to say during the kingdoms. If all the kings were like Harischanda or Karna, there was no need for any change in the system. We must evolve and the judiciary is our only abode and hope. Please maintain and respect its sacred character. Best regards, BrahmaSri Adv. KK Bose, Brahmalokam.
I admit, Lord Ayyappa is a naishtika brahmachari. Means that Lord Ayyappa follows brahmacharyam by nishta, thoughts and actions. So, how can we interpret that the Lord hates menstruating women of the age group of 10 to 50? Are you comparing my Lord God Ayyappa to Viswamithra maharishi who lost his thapas, brahmacharyam, at the sight of Menaka? Do not forget, Viswamithra did not cross the limit prescribed for human beings, did not merge with paramatha, Brahma, as that is the only abode one has attained moksham. Lord God Ayyappa had reached that abode and hence we worship Him as God, not just as a murthy.
Gp Capt MS Deshpande (REtd), asked me the following question by email:
Q: As a lawyer you would be aware as to why this discriminatory law exists that only Hindu temples are under Govt Scrutiny and not Churches or Mosques.
My reply: Prior to independence, all or most of the Hindu temples in India were built by the Hindu Kings and they owned and managed the temples. Whereas the churches and mosques were owned by their respective religions having religious heads and codes of conducts. Once we got independence, all kingdoms were annexed and the temples and its properties owned by the kings were transferred to the people of India through the Constitution as there were no single owner who could claim its rights. If all those temples were not transferred to the people represented by the government mandated by the Constitution, what would have been the position of the temples and who would have managed and administered it especially looking at the division among the Hindus then and now? At the same time, the churches and mosques could not be transferred to the people of India as there were legitimate claimants who owned them and managed them. That is the reason even today most of our temples are managed and administered and funded by Central/ State governments. Most of our people do not know these facts.
Why celebrate LGBT Pride? The history of oppression for LGBT persons has centered around notions of appropriateness/normality and invisibility. LGBT persons have often lost their families, their friends, their employment and their lives because others have deemed the way they love to be inappropriate or abnormal. Our society has a strong sense of gendered normality: Men do x and women do Y. Indeed, who we are allowed to love has historically been linked to that which is deemed appropriate for our gender. When an individual chooses to live with integrity, as an authenticate person, despite the societal dangers of doing so, they exemplify Pride; that is worthy of celebration. The freedom possessed by todays lgbt students was made possible by the courage and strength of individuals who refused to feel shame for who they were and Who lived authentically and openly, winning straight allies along the way. Instead of lamenting the paucity of role models living authentically when we, as educators, were in school, perhaps we are called to be the role model we wished we had had! Now, and every day, is the time for Pride!
Professor of LGBTQ Studies.
May 22nd is Education Support Professionals Day!!
As educators, we know the crucial role played by the thousands of paraprofessionals, office workers, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff in our schools and/or Community Colleges. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a school going for one day without ESPs.
When we talk about strengthening our schools, we need to strengthen everyone who works within them. Along with recruiting and retaining quality teachers, we must recruit and retain quality education support professionals. To do that, it certainly means providing decent wages and benefits to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning.