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Hindu texts from thousands of years ago demonstrate acceptance of a ‘third gender.’ Today, transgender Indians, or hijras, remain visible members of society. AP Photo/Bikas Das

India’s sodomy ban, now ruled illegal, was a British colonial legacy

Before colonialism, India embraced homosexuality and gender fluidity. The Supreme Court's repeal of a 157-year-old gay sex ban partially reclaims that history, but LGBTQ Indians still face hurdles.
Mohandas K. Gandhi during a prayer meeting on Jan. 22, 1948. AP Photo/File

What Gandhi can teach today’s protesters

For Gandhi, whose birth anniversary is Monday, Oct. 2, nonviolent resistance meant placing one's own body in harm’s way to expose social injustices, which made it a powerful political tool.

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