History Professor Bhagavan Speaks Out on Indian Supreme Court Ruling
Manu Bhagavan, professor of history at the Graduate Center and Hunter College, was interviewed on NPR on December 12 about this week’s controversial decision by the Supreme Court of India to uphold an 1861 colonial law banning gay sex. While a lower court had ruled the law unconstitutional in 2009, the Supreme Court decided that only parliament could change it. Bhagavan also addressed the ban in his blog on IBN-CNN India, pointing out that the decision, among other things, suggests that there are so few LGBTQ Indians that they do not warrant equal constitutional protection.
Bhagavan is author or (co)editor of five books, most recently India and the Quest for One World: The Peacemakers (HarperCollins India, 2012; Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He is chair of the Human Rights Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.
Submitted on: DEC 13, 2013
Category: History, Faculty Activities