Recent events in the state show how easily social coalitions, which have been the hallmark of Bengal society for decades, can break down, with class-based issues being relegated.
Activists report growing discrimination against queer persons parallel to the rise of the BJP-led government, which they accuse of demonising deviance and fuelling homophobia.
Despite journalists being invited, they were only allowed into a few sessions and most of their requests for information were denied.
While it is imperative that communities move towards reform and address the concerns raised by women of the community equally, there is a need to strengthen the provisions of secular laws to address what are essentially civil matters.
The Supreme Court’s decision not to clarify NALSA’s definition of the third gender will have the unintended consequence of playing into the Hindu right’s interests.