Looking back India in 2013
The year 2013 started with a sigh of relief for people after the much hyped drama of the World coming to an End on 21st December 2012. It also in a way proved that myths should remain myths and not turn into realities. The year was also looking for an answer as to why Sachin Tendulkar accepted the MP post and perhaps I was searching an answer for why Anna Hazare was named Indian of The Year by some TV channel.
Today, when I look back at 2013, I see India has seen some phenomenal moments which would perhaps remain or rather will be termed as landmark incidents in Indian history.
Through half way of 2013, we got the Rail Budget by Mr. Pawan Bansal, which saw a rise in fare after 14 years and the typical UPA and NDA “tu-tu main main” making the news, besides Cricket as usual making the headlines. To add to it, India was winning its cricket matches as well.
The launch of i-Phone series and Raghuram Rajan were also gaining popularity. Jokes on Price rise and the fall of rupee started to fill Watsapp messengers and Facebook statuses. Rahul Gandhi was the talk of the town but mostly in a sarcastic manner.
The second half of 2013 was rather interesting. It was September 3rd when NDA appointed Modi as their prime ministerial candidate and then the serious political battle started, giving news trackers sleepless nights. Then came the announcement of Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from test cricket and emotions reached on an all-time high. Yes, the God himself was calling it a day!
Furthermore, Sachin’s retirement & unavailability was probably a reason why India’s youth switched to following Politics more religiously & actively. Almost everybody on twitter and Facebook had a viewpoint on #NAMO and the chant “India has to be MODIfied” intensified. Yes, the common man of India had started to raise its voice. India saw the emergence of a political party, the Aam Aadmi Party, led by Arvind Kejriwal, which conquered and shook the establishment. Kejriwal, in fact, seems to have diluted the sheen and intensity of Modi chant to some extent.
So, how do I sum up?
Well, 2013 can be defined as a year of the beginning of a change, a year that has certainly brought hope amongst people. Yes, we have again fared poorly in cricket outside India and LPG prices have again gone up but the belief among people that a change is possible has certainly emerged into the mind.
Let’s welcome 2014 as a year of Hope and Belief!