There is only one word that could sum up 2019 – bittersweet. Much like the ending of Game of Thrones, which also finally saw its end this year.
T’was the year that made us proud, it was the year that disappointed. A whole lot of stuff changed for the better, but every good news seemed to be conjoined with two other bad news.
This was the year of landmark verdicts and policy change. As far as understanding how these changes will shape this part of the world, well…
Too soon to tell.
But even as we gear up for a bright future, there is the underlying apprehension of whether the future is worth even waiting for.
Well, whatever the future may hold, let’s not forget the trials and tribulations, experiences and happiness of the year gone by. (pause to salute).
Let’s review the highlights of 2019:
Arunima Sinha’s Grand Climb:
Arunima Sinha became the first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica. Arunima was a former national level volleyball player turned mountaineer.
Even PM Modi had took to Twitter to congratulate the All-rounder.
Februaray 14th was possibly the saddest day for the entire country when we found out that a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, killing 40 CRPF personnel and the attacker.
The attack was perpetrated by Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Assam Alchol Poisoning
February brought us more grave news, as 168 people died after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in Golaghat and Jorhat districts in Indian state of Assam.
Similar events had also occurred before this in UP and Uttarakhand.
India gave a fitting reply to the Pulwama terror attack by crossing the Line Of Control and conducting airstrikes on a terrorist training camp in the early hours of February 26th, in the vicinity of the town of Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.
Indian General Elections
April-May was probably the most anticipated period this year, what with the voting for General Elections in the air. Narendra Modi achieved a landslide victory yet again, and became the Prime Minister of the country for a second term.
Surat Fire Tragedy
A massive fire broke out in a commercial complex in Sarthana area, Surat, Gujarat, which claimed the lives of 22 students while injuring many others in an academic coaching centre located on the building’s terrace.
The fire was started by a short circuit on the ground floor; the students in the coaching centre were trapped by the destruction of a wooden staircase.
Vidisha Baliyan Wins Miss Deaf World
Vidisha Baliyan, 21, wrote history by becoming the first Indian to be crowned as Miss Deaf World after winning the Miss Deaf World 2019. Baliyan hails from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.
Triple Talaq Struck Down
A Landmark change initiated by the Supreme Court when it banned the practice of Triple Talaq.
Article 370 And Article 35A Revoked
Yet another landmark verdict (not to mention collective surprise), when Article 370 and Article 35A were revoked from the Constitution of India that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5th. Not only that Jammu and Kashmir were now divided into separate Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
P. Chidambaram Arrested
Former Finance minister P Chidambaram was arrested August 22 by CBI under INX media scam charges after a 27 hour-long drama.
World’s Oldest Living Mother
Erramatti Mangamma became the world’s oldest living mother after giving birth to twins. On 5 September 2019, she became the world’s oldest living mother to give birth to a child at the age of 74.
Vikram Lander Crash
India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, was partially successful. Vikram, the lander, crashed into the surface of the moon.
It was a historic moment when 50,000 Indian Americans chanted Modi on American soil.
U.S. president Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the massive crowd at the ‘Howdy, Modi: Shared Dreams Bright Future’ rally in NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Opened
A new era of inter-communal peace and prosperity ushered in when India signed the agreement with Pakistan for the operationalization of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point international Boundary.
Supreme Court’s Landmark Verdict Of Ayodhya Temple
The meetings for the construction of Hindu temple will be held in January, 2020.
Gang Rapes In Hyderabad And Unnao, UP
Not one, but two women yet again fell prey to the rape and abuse culture of India; a veterinarian doctor in Hyderabad and a 17 year old girl in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh.
The whole country stood in unison to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), which was enacted into law on 12 December 2019, and the proposal to enact a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was earlier introduced in Assam.
As of now, these protests are still ongoing.
Yes, this year was weird, bizarre, depressing, gut-wrenching. But as human nature goes, we’re still hoping for a better tomorrow.