2013- A year gone by.
It is that time of the year when the promises are made, drinks are served and for once everyone is forced to look back at the year gone by and say “good-bye” or in more rhetorical terms “alvida”. This time it is the year 2013 that has gone by.
Every media be it the idiot box or the slowly dying radio is abuzz with the 2013 recap which forces some to believe if this 31 December 31 is not just an day but the special one. So here I try to look back at what this year gone by was all about, what kept us mesmerized and what are things better left behind.
The year started with a public angst against the Delhi government and a public opinion for a change, well this was a new feeling because it is not everyday that you find the masses of India united against a social issue and when the issue is related to rape the worst form of sexual exploitation it is better to lend a deaf ear. The government swung into action and what followed was a series of parliament bills being passed and laws being made but majority of them such as “women welfare fund” are still waiting to be implemented. Then it was the Uttarakhand floods that resulted in a major loss of human lives and property that Uttarakhand is still recuperating from. It also highlighted the state of disaster management policies of the Uttarakhand government. At the same time there was a maoist ambush in Chattisgarh which took the lives of three very prominent leaders of the state. The less written about the details, the better.
With Roger Federer and Nadal both crashing out of the Wimbledon in the early rounds had set the stage for the history being written. It was Andy Murray who became the first British to win the Wimbledon. It also gave wind to the talks of Federer’s retirement. But I really want this great personality to continue on and on. In another sport the followers lamented because at last after dragging for so long the “god “ had finally decided to draw curtains on an illustrious carrier that had spanned 24 years. It created a public hysteria and the result was that the farewell test match was a “housefull” (shocking it can be included as one more record of the “god” ). Now that the “god” has retired lets see how the religion persists in the god loving India (strange but the religion is still intact and flourishing, maybe I misunderstood this whole god analogy).
The cases involving the “tehelka founder” and that of “ex supreme court judge” case hogged the media space for quite a considerable period of time and they once again reminded people of the atrocity meted out towards women in India and showed the extent of degradation of the humane feelings in these people who in the fizz of power consider they can get away with everything, truly implies “power corrupts the mind”. Then it was the supreme court order that rejected the high court order on the “gay rights” under the provisions of still intact section 377. The debate on this is still on on this issue.
But it was the latter part of the year that gave us every reason to remember this 2013 for. Everybody had there eyes on the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and a man with a wave was touted as the next prime minister of Gujarat until surprise surprise came the man “with a mission to clean” a man who vowed to clean every dam dust particle and give us spic clean Delhi. This man was underestimated by the ruling Delhi government who called him a seasonal worm some even wondering “Kejriwal who?”. But this worm infected the public with the result being swarms of flies( oops! Public) coming to attend his oath taking ceremony and the “others” the big ruling breeds with their slates wiped clean were caught looking for answers.
This was somewhat a summary of 2013 that saw Edward Snowden come with revelations that caught Uncle Sam off guard and the world demanded answers on snooping, the issue of an Indian diplomat in America being handcuffed and taken into custody resulted with India taking a stand and retaliating in an aggressive way which threaten of some political ramifications.
We sincerely hope to leave the ills of 2013 behind and move into a new year with good feelings because whatever resolutions or promises we make one thing is sure “2014 surely has presented itself and offers us an opportunity to start the year with zest and happiness”. Happy new year to all :).