There is a great similarity between politicians and godmen in India. The similarity is that most of the times they don’t even know what they are saying but they would say it anyway because they know that their blind followers would still be convinced. One of the subject matters where politicians and these godmen end up being very bizarre and sans logic is that of homosexuality. Homosexuality is very much a reality but still, there’s this great taboo attached to the very idea of homosexuality.
Time and again our politicians and even these godmen have made statements on homosexuality to disregard it as mental illness or a disease and whatnot. They have always ridiculed it and since there was never a political narrative to it, homosexuals in India are discriminated against, bullied and are rewarded with an atmosphere of dread and sinister threats. Who is responsible? These lose statements are! Logic is a thing not many of these godmen or politicians would relate to, of course, if logic was a thing how would any ‘godman’ ever exist?
So, this time around its Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who took to addressing homosexuality at JNU when he was asked a question about it. His response and the take on homosexuality was absurd and has made the social media apparently very angry. This is as per an Indian Express report. Answering a student’s question he said,
” This is your tendency now, just acknowledge it and accept it and know that this tendency is not a permanent thing. It may change, I have seen many men who were gay, later on, turn into heterosexuals and there are those who are normal.”
His statement wherein he called homosexuality a tendency has triggered an outrage against him on the social media so much so that even Bollywood stars are dissing him. After his comment went viral over the internet actors like Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhat expressed vehemently.
Every Such Statement is a reality check
Like we already stated, this isn’t the first time a godman or a politician has ridiculed homosexuality like this. Even before Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Baba Ramdev and Gurmeet Ram Rahim had ridiculed homosexuality. Both of them claimed that it is a disease and they can cure it. The question being, “HOW CAN SOMEONE”S CHOICE OF WAY OF LIFE BE A DISEASE?”
But we got to agree to the fact that every such statement is a reality check. Each of these logic deprived statement tells us that the Indian society is not just ready to accept homosexuality because sadly the people a large faction of the people looks up to for direction find homosexuality either a disease or a tendency. The saddest part is that you can only fight logic, and not things which are baseless especially here in India where people seek a way of life in what some godmen say.