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Distortion of “Tritya Prakriti” (Third Nature) By Colonial Ideology in India

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Author: Esha Tiwari

Abstract: Because of the upheaval in the country regarding the Supreme Court Judgment on banning gay marriages in India in 2013, it is useful to show that how this act is simply reiterating British Colonialism in India. While the British banned homosexuality because it was period specific (the upcoming of bourgeoisie class against the aristocrats), the resurfacing of 19th century ban in 2013 India is deepening the effects of Colonialism. This paper attempts to show the inclusive culture of India, in terms of sexuality and gender, before the colonial authorities barged into the country. Indian classical texts as well religious myths are full of examples of androgynous sexualities which is celebrated rather than shunned. With the advent of colonialism and its methods to contain sexuality under heterosexuality, gender also got contained as either male or female. What followed was an identity crisis whose poignancy is shown through the character of Doraismy (Aka revathi) in A. Revathi's The Truth About ME. This paper successfully manages to explore the lives of Hijras in India before colonialism and how drastically it has changed so that they are no more radicals but rather strengthen the two dominant categories of sex : Male and female.

Keywords: Homosexuality; India; Hijras; Colonialism; A.Revathi



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