“Transgenders are an abhinn ang (integral part) of our society,” said India’s minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar, while introducing the controversial Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, on Aug. 5.  Home minister Amit Shah had used the same words to describe Jammu & Kashmir while introducing radical provisions in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, to make the region an “integral part” of India.  The passage of a landmark bill protecting the rights of an “integral part” of society was expected to involve hours of nuanced debate. Instead, the Transgender Rights Bill was passed in a couple of hours. The rhetoric of nationalism was used to quell protests by those whom the Bill seeks to represent—like the transgender activist Grace Banu, who marked the day as “Gender Justice Murder Day.”  Sign up for the Quartz Daily Brief email Enter your email Sign me up  Stay updated about Quartz products and events. Thanks for supporting our journalism! You’ve hit your monthly article limit. Become a member to help build the future of Quartz. Get unlimited access to Quartz on all devices. Unlock member-exclusive coverage, CEO interviews, member-only events, conference calls with our editors, and more.  Start free trial Log in
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“Transgenders are an abhinn ang (integral part) of our society,” said India’s minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar, while introducing the controversial Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, on Aug. 5. Home minister Amit Shah had used the same words to describe Jammu & Kashmir while introducing radical provisions in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, to make the region an “integral part” of India. The passage of a landmark bill protecting the rights of an “integral part” of society was expected to involve hours of nuanced debate. Instead, the Transgender Rights Bill was passed in a couple of hours. The rhetoric of nationalism was used to quell protests by those whom the Bill seeks to represent—like the transgender activist Grace Banu, who marked the day as “Gender Justice Murder Day.” Sign up for the Quartz Daily Brief email Enter your email Sign me up Stay updated about Quartz products and events. Thanks for supporting our journalism! You’ve hit your monthly article limit. Become a member to help build the future of Quartz. Get unlimited access to Quartz on all devices. Unlock member-exclusive coverage, CEO interviews, member-only events, conference calls with our editors, and more. Start free trial Log in

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