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.