Three egrets in India


LGBTQ no longer illegal in India

Pride demonstrators in Bhopal, India

This AFP photo shows Pride demonstrators in Bhopal city in India.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Indian Supreme Court has ruled in a historical judgment that sex between people of the same sex is no longer punishable. The verdict is a victory for the LGBT community in the country with nearly 1.3 billion inhabitants.

The supreme court judges scrapped a 157-year-old law that stems from the time of British colonial rule, the so-called section 377 law. In that law it was stated that there was a prison sentence for “unnatural offenses” of up to ten years. Sex between people of the same sex was considered such a violation.


In 2009, the 1861 law had already been deleted by the regional Supreme Court of Delhi, after which sex between people of the same sex was for the first time legal in India. That decision was reversed four years later by the national Supreme Court. It ruled that parliament had to decide whether to abolish or amend the law.

Parliament then returned the case to the judges to make a judgment. The current case was brought before the Supreme Court through a petition of five gay and lesbian people. Because of the law they had the fear that they could be harassed or persecuted by the police at any time. The five judges voted unanimously for the abolition of the law.


“Any sexual relationship with mutual consent between two adults – gay, straight or lesbian – can not be considered unconstitutional”, Indian chief judge Dipak Misra said when reading the verdict.

INDIA STRIKES DOWN GAY BAN India’s top court has struck down a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison. [AP]

Top Ten most beautiful Indian birds, continued

This 2017 video says about itself:

Top 10 Most Beautiful Birds in India. Part # 1.

This 2017 video is the sequel.

I had another video about the ten most beautiful Indian birds on this blog before. However, there are over a thousand bird species in India. And all people have their own individual views about which ten species are the most beautiful ones. So, these two videos differ from the earlier one.

Top Ten most beautiful Indian birds

This 2017 video says about itself:

Top 10 Most Beautiful Birds From India | The Rolling Indian

India houses around 1266 species of birds as of 2016, of which sixty-one are endemic to the country, one has been introduced by humans and twenty-five are rare or accidental. Two species are suspected to have been extirpated in India and eighty-two species are globally threatened. Also, the Indian peacock (Pavo cristatus) is the national bird of India. This is a list of the 10 most beautiful birds you can find in India. It is a subjective view, of course.

Amur falcons in India report

This 17 April 2017 Conservation India video says about itself:

The Race to Save the Amur Falcon

“In a world where conservation problems usually go from bad to worse, the campaign to save the Amur falcon serves as a beacon of hope. I was so inspired by this story that I wanted to share it with the rest of the world”, says the filmmaker, Shekar Dattatri.

Around a remote reservoir in India’s far northeast, a small team of conservationists discovered something that was both enthralling and alarming. During a biodiversity survey in the winter of 2012, they stumbled upon vast flocks of Amur falcons, the likes of which they had never seen before.

At the same time, they also witnessed local hunters capture and slaughter tens of thousands of the little raptors for consumption and sale. When the horrific story first broke on Conservation India, a frontline partner in the campaign, it caused shock and dismay among conservationists around the world.

Fortunately, thanks to close cooperation between NGOs, local authorities and the local community, the falcons were granted a reprieve, and now enjoy a safe passage through Nagaland during their incredible migration from Russia and China to South Africa. “We are inundated with bad news every day, which makes it even more important that we document and share success stories”, says the filmmaker.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

One Hundred Thousand Falcons Filled the Sky

Join acclaimed author Scott Weidensaul on a journey to northeastern India, where migrating Amur Falcons can be so numerous their flocks look like galaxies in the sky. So abundant that they were once hunted for food, these kestrel-sized raptors are now fueling a nascent ecotourism industry in remote Nagaland, India. Read the full story in Living Bird magazine.