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Vikram Seth writes poem to protest India Supreme Court’s reinstatement of gay ban

Vikram Seth writes poem to protest India Supreme Court’s reinstatement of gay ban

WH Smith Literary Award winning author Vikram Seth has published a poem in reaction to the Indian Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality in his homeland.

The poem, ‘Through love’s great power,’ was distributed to a range of Indian media yesterday – to be published free of charge – after a review panel of five Supreme Court judges upheld an earlier verdict to reinstate the colonial era Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

Seth identifies as bisexual and has been a vocal critic of the law. He divides his time between the United Kingdom and India.

Read the poem below:

Through love’s great power

Through love’s great power to be made whole
In mind and body, heart and soul –
Through freedom to find joy, or be
By dint of joy itself set free
In love and in companionhood:
This is the true and natural good.

To undo justice, and to seek
To quash the rights that guard the weak –
To sneer at love, and wrench apart
The bonds of body, mind and heart
With specious reason and no rhyme:
This is the true unnatural crime.

(Author’s note: Any person, publication or channel may use, disseminate or publish this poem and recording freely – without permission from either GSN or the author.)