Jindal Global Law Review

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 299–305 | Cite as

A Co-traveler in the long road to decriminalisation: Upendra Baxi’s engagement with the queer movement in India

  • Siddharth NarrainEmail author


Upendra Baxi is one of the few legal scholars of his generation to have consistently engaged with the queer movement and the legal struggle for decriminalisation of homosexuality in India. In this article, I outline three key moments in Baxi’s engagement with queer politics—his foreword to the groundbreaking 2003 PUCL-K report on human rights violations against the transgender community in Karnataka, his public responses to the Delhi High Court’s Naz Foundation decision in 2009, and its overruling by the Supreme Court in the Koushal judgment in 2013. I conclude by selecting parts of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Navtej Singh Johar overturning Koushal, that resonate strongly with Baxi’s writing on this theme.


Section 377 IPC Queer movement Right to dignity Constitutional morality Transformative constitutionalism 

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© O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Visiting Fellow, The Sarai ProgrammeCentre for Studies in Developing SocietiesNew DelhiIndia

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