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We have won the legal fight; our social fight begins now: Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil

LGBT activist Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil expresses his joy after Supreme Court's historic judgement on Section 377 decriminalising consensual sex between adults.
Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil

In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court of India, on Thursday, decriminalised consensual sex between adults bringing joy to the India’s LGBT community. Reading out the judgement, Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra said, Section 377 is irrational and arbitrary. Sexual orientation of an individual is natural and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation of freedom of expression.

Against the backdrop of the judgement, Nation Next, spoke to LGBT activist Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, who’s often called the poster boy for LGBT rights in India. Gohil expressed his joy as he said, This is a historical judgement not just for the LGBT community but for all the citizens of India who were targeted through the law and were denied their fundamental right, which is guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

Section 377 refers to ‘unnatural offences’ and says whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine.

Gohil, who’s is also referred to as India’s first openly gay royal, said that truth has emerged victorious today. He said, Our fight is based on truthfulness and honesty. Today, truth has won and hypocrisy has lost. A message has gone to the entire world that India values humanity and not hypocrisy.

Gohil, however, said that with the decrimnalising of the age-old law, the fight has just begun for the LGBT community in India. He said, The challenge now is to continue the fight to get social acceptance. We have got the legal right, now we have to get our social rights. This is not the end of our fight, it is the beginning.

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Umesh Yadav teases teammate Shubham Gill with epic Tinder billboards in Nagpur

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Billboards that mention Shubham Gill

Indian cricketer Umesh Yadav had a ‘field day’ teasing his team member Shubham Gill after Tinder – a popular dating app – showed a photo of a girl with a placard on large billboards in Nagpur that read, “Shubman idhar toh dekh lo” (Shubman, have a look here).” Tinder was quick to capitalise on the joke and turn it into hoardings in Nagpur ahead of India first Test match vs Australia.

Umesh Yadav teases teammate Shubham Gill with epic Tinder billboards in Nagpur

Taking to twitter, Yadav wrote, “Poora Nagpur bol raha hai, Shubman Gill ab toh dekh le.”

During India’s T20 match in Ahmedabad, a picture of a female fan holding a placard that read ‘Tinder, Shubman se match kara do” (Tinder, match me with Shubman)’ had gone viral.

Indian cricketer Umesh Yadav had a ‘field day’ teasing his team member Shubham Gill with Tinder billboards in Nagpur.

Indian cricketer Umesh Yadav had a ‘field day’ teasing his team member Shubham Gill with Tinder billboards in Nagpur.

The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) would host the opening Test of the four-game Border Gavaskar Trophy from February 9 to 13 at Jamtha in Nagpur. 

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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PM Modi world’s most popular leader: Survey

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Suyash Sethiya | Bombuflat

PM Modi

A US-based firm Morning Consult released a list of world leaders trending on the basis of their approval ratings among 22 nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the most popular leader in the world with an approval rating of over 75% thus leaving behind US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
The entire month of January in Nagpur this year saw tremendously high levels of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).

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As per the recent survey of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, the entire month of January (all 31 days) in Nagpur this year saw tremendously high levels of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).

The survey that released pictures of the same showed increased levels of SO2 and NO2 not just in Nagpur but in cities including Chandrapur, Gondia and Amravati. Environmental experts have said that the matter was worrying from the point of view of the health of the residents as the pollution index in Nagpur saw an increase in all the three months of winter.

Not just in January this year but 28 out of 30 days in November last year as well as 30 out of 31 days in December last year showed poor air quality. Environmental expert Professor Suresh Chopani said an action plan, to avoid respiratory issues, under National Clean Air Programme would  be strictly implemented.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh seeks court permission to visit hometown Nagpur, Delhi

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