Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Calcutta Library

It seems that they have opened a library for sexual minorities in Calcutta.
Here is the article about it
While there is no specific mention of the hijra community or even eunuchs in general, this does seem to be an interesting piece as one could assume that a sex oriented library in India would eventually contain some information about the group.

Friday, September 10, 2004


I am very excited to learn about the existance of the Wikipedia and it's listing for the hijra community.
To answer some questions and make some comments about this resource:
What is the Wikipedia?
From my understanding, this is an open source encyclopedia that allows you to edit the entries for content, resources, external links, and engage in conversations about said entries. Some nice aspects include the links to related entried in the text of the entry as well as the ability to add and remove any links and resources that are found.
What about the scholarly nature of these entries? I would never use an encyclopedia for more than a jumping off point in my own research; a way to get a basic idea on what my research is about, if you will. The same should apply to this. The fact is that this is not scholarly and should not be used as a scholarly source.
What is the accuracy dispute? That's pretty self explanitory, someone is questioning the accuracy of the entry or parts of it. Specifically, someone is questioning the neutrality and accuracy of the content. If you look at the first post of the conversation you can get the idea of the dispute. From what I have read at the beginning the dispute revolves around the idea of a third sex not specifically the hijra community themselves.

If you are going to contribute (which I hope to in the future), I encourage you to create a profile and really get involved. Use it to connect to other communities similar to the hijras for your research. Get involved in the conversation, but be intelligent and do not resort to the petty things that frequent the internet and annoy serious users. Above all, I suggest not taking things too seriously as this is the internet and not a scholarly situation. There is a chance that people there are looking to start a fight or to just simply get the conversation going with a debate.

I hope you all get to have fun with this new aspect of the web. I will keep an eye out for other interesting advances and research that comes out of this new resource.

A newly discovered webpage

Information re the Hijra of India

Why have I not seen this page before? I could not say, but I am happy I finally did. This is a wonderful resource with a list of articles about the hijras (going much farther back than this blog). There are also some links to Yahoo groups that may be of interest to many. I must contact the webmaster and see if there are other things out there that I am missing.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

BBC article - Health Insurance

How often do we see a Hijra article from the BBC? I was pretty excited to see an article (from this weekend) on Fark, but disapointed in Google News for not sending it to my email address.
Regardless, this article deals with a protest against an insurance company who refused to issue a policy for a member of the community.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Kajaria festival

Dance, Music & Claps at Bhopal Love Parade

This is an interesting article about a festival I have actually not heard of in any research I did on the hijras. Apparently, and this is according to the article, it marks the climax of the monsoon. I can only assume that by that they mean the Monsoon season.

I have not had a chance to do any research on this festival, but if you have and want to share it please let me know. I am looking for bibliographical sources, keywords used, popular journals and anything else.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Another article

First, I must apologize for the lack of updates. I have have a busy few months with family obligations, a crashed computer, and a new job. I do have a few articles sitting in my email in-box and I hope to get them read and posted soon. Here is the first, and most recent, of the articles I have for people to read.

This article is about the changes going on in India regarding Hijras. The word scheme is used in the article so keep in mind a possible bias if using this for research. It does mention the recognition of Hijras as a sexual minority in need of assistance and the planning pension they will be getting. The article also mentions prostiution, AIDS, mythology of the community, and some other interesting things.

Friday, April 30, 2004

My notes on "Myself Mona Ahmed"

I recently read "Myself Mona Ahmed" and have made some notes on it (this is not a review, just some notes)
Read My notes

I suggest that researches read it.

Friday, April 16, 2004

More on Hijras as politicians

Hyderabad Hijra's on Politics - "Eunuchs have no comments on polls"

This is a very interesting article because it shows a different perspective on the issue of the community members as politicians. It seems to me that many of reasons these hijras avoid politics are the same reason that others are trying to get into politics. I think it comes down to how each hijra (and each hijra community) sees their place in the world. This article talks about how they are here to make money. What others have commented is that they feel as if this life was not a choice, but rather who they are.

Monday, March 29, 2004

India General News article

Now A "Hijra" To Give Poll Fight To Advani From Gandhinagar

This is an interesting article about another Hijra running for a political office in India and some of the issues they find important.

Monday, March 08, 2004

Sextelevision.net video

Today, while making updates to the research guide, I discovered a wonderful video put together by the people at sextelevision.net.
You need to have RealOne Player on your computer to view it, but you can download the program for free. It's only 12 minutes long but it has some great interviews including Serena Nanda and members of the Hijra community.
The Hijras

Also, for those who are into RSS feeds and blogging, I have added a RSS feed for this blog. You can find a link in the Links section on the left.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Wed India 123 article

Eunuchs Defy Norms to Walk the Ramp
This is a very short article but it talks about current events with the community. It also has some interesting facts about the community but provides no sources for the information it provides.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Email sent to me

I got this in a email this morning. I thought it was something to share here with everyone who reads this. Feel free to respond if you have something to share with this group:

This is a team of self proclaimed Bodhis..working and studying for the hijra community, Eunoch community, who have not been in the mainstream socities. Myths of their presence from early humanhood, we have initiated plans to work for the development of our Eunoch community with providing mainstream and vocational education and trainings.
We have been apeAaling to organizations to support us with information, medical research and rehabilititation tips for us to blend them into local systems and also to participate in your human development program as co-ordinaters.

Presently we are located at:
70/1, Bama Charan Roy Road
Behala, Kolkata- Pin code- 700 034.
West Bengal
Phone: 033-34478908
e.mail: thebodhi@myway.com

we are adding up citywise franchisees of the same group of dedicated volunteers to support this community and prevent their abuse, and the trending move of the community into un-organized and organized crime with lack of education, and medical and social rehabilitation.
We expect your cooperation on providing us with an intellectual tie- up to do some service to a community who are mostly avoided and exploited as well.
Anticipating your response.

With warm regards,
Koushik Chatterjee