The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Professor Manu Bhagavan on NPR!

Manu Bhagavan was interviewed on All Things Considered today.  When India’s supreme court effectively re-banned gay sex earlier today, it set aside the ruling of one of its own high courts in favor of a law imposed on India by its British occupiers in 1861. That means it has now re-joined 75 other countries that explicitly punish gay sex with imprisonment  In fact, the law that India’s supreme court just upheld is one of the most resilient relics of the British Empire. Known as Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, it imposed Victorian values on what colonial rulers viewed as unpardonable tolerance toward homosexuality throughout their empire. Click here to hear and learn more!


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