The Daily Delicious for April 18, 2008

T for Transgender
Tamil Nadu recently added a third gender to ration cards, making it the first Indian state to officially recognize its hijra citizens. —Pavani
(tags: transgender hijra tamil_nadu gender)

Bajaj Pulsar Mania TV Ad
An ad by the world’s fourth largest manufacturer of two-wheelers features a choreographed motorbike performance by a stunt team. Shot in Capetown. —Pavani
(tags: business tv advertising India(n))

15,000 Police Guard Olympic Flame in Delhi
Several hundred got close to the relay, “mostly members of India’s Chinese community and some young people wearing the logo of the Olympics’ sponsor, Coca-Cola.” Protestors held a counter-torch relay elsewhere in town, drawing about 2000. —Pavani
(tags: sports new_delhi activism tibet(an) politics india(n))

US Catholics Flock to D.C. Stadium for Papal Mass
The “presence of the pope with us reflects the presence of Jesus Christ,” said Sister Archana, who drove to DC’s new stadium along with 9 other members of the Sisters of Charity Saint Vincent de Paul from High Point, N.C., starting at midnight. —Pavani
(tags: religion)

April 18, 2008
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  1. April 18, 2008, 12:19 pm Nalini

    That’s interesting. I wonder if the change to the ration cards has anything to do with the (possible) impact of Ippadikku Rose — or, for that matter, whether the show and the card change are part of a larger social change. Either way, pramaadham.

  2. April 19, 2008, 1:46 am Pavani

    Yeah, the show sounds like something that could definitely have an impact. Diviya’s thoughts on why the show maybe wasn’t such a big surprise in Tamil Nadu (given its annual festival for a transgender deity and the symbolic marriages that take place there) are kind of interesting.