Of Gay Rights and Bigoted Remarks

What do Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mayawati, the BJP and Simi Garewal have in common? More than a few things, it turns out. Gursimran Khamba writes.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2011 15:08 IST
Gursimran Khamba
Gursimran Khamba
Hindustan Times

Rahul Gandhi came out strongly against Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's remarking terming homosexuality "unnatural" and a disease. The PM-in-waiting, already a hit amongst the youth because of his second-only-to-Preity Zinta dimple said, "I don't subscribe to the honourable health ministers remarks at all. If homosexuality is a disease then the Congress party would the one responsible for bringing it to India. How else would you justify hundreds of grown men kissing my family's you-know-what since Independence? I still spend at least four hours everyday pulling random strangers' lips from my derriere. Infact, it might be our largest political base"

LGBT activists however, were not amused. A statement released by the LGBT India Foundation said - "As always, Mr. Azad has it backwards. What else can you expect from someone whose own name is confused between being a ghulam or azad? Instead of calling the homosexual community diseased we would urge him to get an IQ test. You can't cure stupidity". About Rahul admonishing Mr. Azad's statement, spokesperson Rahul Roy said "We're glad he has come out against that bigoted statement. Though I guess if Mayawati can talk about ridding the country of corruption then the health minister saying this shouldn't come as a surprise. One hopes Rahul's support is not political in nature and trying to keep fires alive amongst certain segments who still speculate on why he hasn't married".

The BJP, too, finally broke its silence on Mr. Azad's statement. Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad on being contacted for a reaction responded saying "Huh? Homosexuality? Yes I am fully in support of having sex at home."

Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad had earlier courted controversy by saying that late-night TV would be a solution to India's population crises by providing people other things to do instead of procreating. This however, had turned out to be a successful campaign as many people committed mass suicide after watching re-runs of MTV Roadies, Simi Selects India's Most Desirable and Ratan Ka Rishta.

Gursimran Khamba is a pissed off writer, stand up comic, podcaster, social media junkie and lover of all fried foods. Except bananas. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/gkhamba

First Published: Jul 11, 2011 15:06 IST