Director: Jeevanandhan Rajendran
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Summary: People’s Panchayats on Resisting Stigma and Homophobia; Action Plus - a Coalition for Rights, Education and Care in HIV and AIDS. Indrani Gupta, a member of the Delhi Panchayat's jury, responds to the depositions heard. Ms. Gupta, a development economist, stresses the need to explore the links between discrimination, minority status, education, income creation, poverty etc. Ms. Gupta also recommends that queer people not propagate their queer identity as their only identity; she emphasizes the need for them to present themselves as multi-faceted persons.
Thank you very much, this is a very new experience for me and I must say that I have a lot of things to say but I have very little time, one message that I have, I have not done a punch before but I have listened to, I have been in this group, I have worked in HIVS for a very long time and I do agree with Dr. Hamid that there has been, I have heard a lot of positive experiences narrated right here and as a development economist and as a social scientist what really strikes me is that there is a very close link between discrimination and shall I say socio economic status and they re enforce each other which is to say that the first one is necessary but not a sufficient condition for a non discrimination so we need to understand the links between discrimination against any minority and I must flag this right here that there is a lot of discrimination in our society but the discrimination extends to a lot of other spheres and lot of other areas as well, caste, creed, religion, sexual minority, you name it you have it in our country and many other countries, how we deal with it is I think the most important point and I think I want to take positive messages from here in fact Doctor's story was I think very heartening so was yours and I think we are change agents, people who are not part of the community of course as spokes person for you I mean we will go out and talk about it but the main message is, the main change tools will have to come from within the community and one thing there I have to flag and don't get me wrong here is that I heard the stories and I felt that whenever you are in any minority that is one part of you but there are many other parts to you, right, it is very necessary for those other parts to be seen as well for the change to slowly happen, if the only thing that you are actually conveying is one part of your existence which could be again in this instance it happens to project minority it could be any thing else, it is going to take much longer for change to happen so I would say that, you know this is something of course we need to discuss among ourselves but I was thinking of strategies and one way of strategizing this is to take yourself and make your other facets equally important and equally visible so that there are other ways that people can interact as well and that is true of all of us, we are all in some minority or other in some ways and it's true of all of us, that is one part, the second part is that the government is also responsible but as you know the government is not the only agent and government comprises people like us, we have to see what are the strike linkages between sexual minority discrimination, education, income creation, poverty etc and I think those are very very important for us to flag and understand that a person who has come from a good background has been better able to cope with his or her discrimination and stigma than people who have not and that's a very very important message that I think I have understood from here. At the end of it I thank all of you for again telling us that we have a job to do outside of our workplaces and homes and within those spaces as well and 'we must change society' is a phrase which I have, you know we have heard it so many times, it's become almost like a clesha statement and it's not that easy but we will carry your messages to wherever we are and we hope that things are changing and I think things have changed quite a bit from where we started off when the AIDS epidemic broke in the country to where we are today there has been a tremendous amount of change and I am sure this change is going to continue and accelerate in the coming years. Thank you.
people's panchayats on resisting stigma and homophobia
People's Panchayats on Resisting Stigma and Homophobia; Action Plus - a Coalition for Rights, Education and Care in HIV and AIDS. Indrani Gupta, a member of the Delhi Panchayat's jury, responds to the depositions heard. Ms. Gupta, a development economist, stresses the need to explore the links between discrimination, minority status, education, income creation, poverty etc. Ms. Gupta also recommends that queer people not propagate their queer identity as their only identity; she emphasizes the need for them to present themselves as multi-faceted persons.