Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, the noted transgender activist, had the Xavier's staff and students enthralled for more than two hour with her lively stories and unique insights on Religions: Liberating or Oppressive for LGBT? Her liberal interpretation of the scriptures of various faiths is a challenge to religious leaders and believers to widen their limited horizons and become more inclusive in the spirit of their founders.
While some were not so comfortable with her atypical style and controversial remarks, which ranged from the personal to the political, quite a few were touched by her frank and fearless sharing at a time when respectable people dare not speak out. Prof. Ms Pranoti Chirmuley skilfully facilitated the session held on 15 February 2016 at the MMR from 2 to 4 pm. After Labdhi Vora performed a brief dance meditation, Dr. Agnelo Menezes, the Principal, inaugurated the first DIRS magazine, edited by Susanne Rodrigues. Riya Sawant proposed the vote of thanks.
This novel programme was an apt culmination to the various "out of the box" activities organised by the Department of Interreligious Studies (DIRS) of St. Xavier's College during the academic year.