If like us, you’ve been awaiting the Supreme Court verdict on repealing Section 377 with bated breath and sweaty palms, we’re here to ensure that you hang on to every word that’s being said in court proceedings, with the best resources.
For those of you who want live commentary on exactly how one of this year’s most important and eagerly awaited verdict unfolds, we have compiled a list of the best sites that are covering the hearings. Enjoy maadi.
1. Firstpost: This is the most concise and to-the-point commentary you can get on this case, folks. Firstpost’s no-frills updates on the hearing is for you if you don’t have time to beat around the bush.
2. The Leaflet: The Leaflet has carefully crafted a wonderful narrative on this ongoing case. Apart from live-tweeting the proceedings, complete with key documents and resources being referred to, you can find interviews with LGBTQ activists on their site to compliment and recap each day’s proceedings. This is easily the most immersive and interesting read on the hearings.
3. LiveLaw: Given the fact that it is mainly a legal resource, LiveLaw is proceeding with proceedings in a very comprehensive manner, which means plenty of precise legal terms and wading through paragraphs of content to get to the most important bits. But on the plus side, their extensive coverage means they include everything, including jokes, so give them a chance,
4. The Quint: The Quint is also giving you live updates on their site! They keep their updates short and sweet, but super easy to skim through and share.
5. Dhrubo Jyoti: Writer and activist Dhrubo Jyoti’s Twitter is filled with funny insights, comments and side notes on the court happenings. Head here for some very human and wry commentary on the hearings.
6. Mihir Samson: The Delhi based lawyer has been retweeting wonderful articles on anything and everything LGBTQ and relevant to the verdict that catches his eye, and the result is a nice, meandering vacation that gives you great insight and fits the commentary from the actual hearings into a broader context like nice puzzle pieces.
7. Vidya Krishnan: While The Hindu’s Health and Science Editor hasn’t exactly been live blogging the events, we’ve included her in the list for this amazing thread, that reminds us of the people and organisations instrumental in the history of the LGBTQ community and this much-awaited verdict.
8. Danish Sheikh– A professor at Jindal Global Law School and the founder of Bardolators, a theatre group, Sheikh is also an author, activist and playwright. Earlier this year, he wrote and directed Contempt, a theatrical rendition of the Section 377 hearings in 2012. Sheikh’s commentary on the current happenings in court is poignant and heartfelt in their interpretation.
Go catch up on the hearings without further ado, friends! We hope this has been a useful guide in your attempts to stay ‘woke’ and fabulous.