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...Amongst the images of agitating farmers in Madhya Pradesh, it was striking to see how many were youngsters dressed in jeans and shirts — they were clearly not all farmers, but also farmers’ sons, unhappy with jobless growth. We are facing not just a farmers’ crisis today, but also a crisis of farming families, whose children want non-farm jobs. Have we ever seriously asked farmers if they like farming? Only once, as far as surveys go. ...Indian Express on June 15, 2017, 12:10 a.m.
...The law, which was upheld by the Supreme Court, was passed in 1860 by the British who were then steeped in Victorian mores.In fact, as historians and human rights authors such as Douglas Sanders note, its antecedents lie in the 1534 law on "buggery", which though supposedly enacted to deal with the sexual indiscretions of the clergy, was in fact intended to undermine the hold of the Catholic Church in England, take over monastic properties and help Henry VIII establish his control over the Church of England.This law was later expanded, "secularised" and changed to include "sexology" terms such as "against the order of nature".The British enacted Section 377 or its equivalent in many of its Asian and African colonies, not just in India.European colonisers also introduced anti-gay laws in parts of the Middle East where none existed before. ...Indian Express on Dec. 20, 2013, 2:08 a.m.
...The bill promises easier divorce, but on compensation for the wife, it fails to take account of important complexities.The bill allows divorce on grounds of irretrievable breakdown, provided the spouses have lived separately for at least three years and their differences are irreconcilable.Divorce can be granted not only on a joint petition by both spouses but also on a single party petition.The bill thus allows people trapped in unhappy marriages to part without years of litigation.There have been cases that have dragged on for over 15 years because one party refuses to cooperate.For many years, easy divorce was opposed by both conservatives and liberals.The former argued that it would erode a key social institution, and the latter argued that it would harm women, since men would walk out of marriages and wives would have nowhere to go.The latter argument is given weight in the bill it includes compensation in the form of a share in some types of the man's property. ...Indian Express on Sept. 2, 2013, 12:04 a.m.