Damned If You Do June 25, 2008Posted by nitinkarani in English, Gay & Lesbian, Homophobia, Times of India.
From The Times of India‘s edit page, 23 June 2008:
Damned If You Do
23 Jun 2008, 0148 hrs IST, Mukul Sharma
Take handedness for instance. Left-handed people are also not normal — only in the sense that there are more right-handed people. It has nothing to do with being right or wrong or good or bad. And, like in the case of sexual orientation, no one knows for certain why the human population is right-hand dominant. At the same time, no one starts foaming at the mouth just because some scientists are trying their best to find out. They don’t take right-handedness as the starting point and label everything else as something deviant which needs to be explained so that people might get peace of mind. This is in spite of the fact that left-handed people have been discriminated for thousands of years and negative connotations associated with southpaws include clumsy, awkward, unlucky, insincere, sinister, malicious, and so on. The job of scientists is to bring objective understanding to that which is not understood. To do that, they have their work peer-reviewed and published for everyone to see. If they are proved to be right, the world will know; if wrong, well that comes with the territory.