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Whether his remarks stem from old-fashioned bigotry or cluelessness (thinking that homosexuality directly causes AIDS), Azad has just uttered the words that reveal him as unfit to run the health ministry. He is an ocean of strange notions — in the past, he has also suggested that getting more people to watch TV would be an effective form of contraception. But these latest gaffes are simply too significant to be ignored. The LGBT community and its allies won a clear, resounding victory around this time two years ago. The Delhi high court reversed a century and a half of a homosexual-hating law, when it read down Section 377, meant to stamp out "carnal intercourse against the order of nature". Ironically enough, it was the health ministry's intervention that helped decriminalise homosexuality then. However, that triumph is yet to be internalised in India. Sexual intolerance gets a free pass all too often, and being gay is viewed as a deviant condition, actively repressed or ridiculed.