A reader writes:
"My openly gay friend Matthew G. is working in Bangalore, India for 3 months and watched the Oscars from there last night (breakfast his time). He said after the live telecast there was celebration in the streets for Slumdog, people leaving work; apparently it's a huge deal in India. He's watching the encore presentation and just told me that all references to Milk so far have been cut – including Dustin Lance Black's win and acceptance. The scenes of Milk in any of the montages are out as well. Thought you would like to know; may not be enough to warrant a post, but I thought it was significant, since Slumdog was such a huge winner and this is its home country."
Homosexuality is illegal in India and has been since 1860 under an archaic section of the penal code put in place by the British. The government, the courts, and activists continues to grapple with the issue.