The sudden fuss and flurry about decriminalising homosexuality in India, reinforces the suspicion that contemporary Indian society may be a "boneless" wonder.
Very rarely does India allow itself acknowledge its problems and find solutions for them.
The case for decriminalizing homosexuality is unexceptionable and the mild questioning and narrow focus of the Delhi High Court's verdict is a passing breeze for the protection of personal liberties in this "secular country".
But why did it take so long ?
"Modern" India has to wait, generations, for a movement to suffer, sacrifice and develop in the West, acquire respectability, big funding and political clout , and only then will it offer itself as a franchisee for the idea.
Once all the right connections are established, the task of "modernisation" will be taken to some chosen among the babulog kay bablog, the courts will suddenly be possessed by a trailblazing zeal and India will have "modernised'.
A dread of lumpen religiosity and a consequent lack of a matter of factness about sex has kept Indians mired in agony and disease.
Ignorance and shame about sex has stunted more Indian lives than so called alternate sexual practices ever can.
The "Argumentative Indian" maybe a Nobel prize winning, bon vivant's vision of India.
But India's narcissistic elites prefer "shyness" and "modesty" in the face of disease and dementia.
BTW, in the light of recent events,
can we dare hope that the media will break its strange silence on the Skybus ?