There were a lot of bad things that happened in India in 2014. They were extensively covered and brought before you with ferocious regularity. But the raging torrent of such negative information left us depressed and, perhaps, devoid of hope in humanity. However, there were many significant things that happened in the same year that not only reimpose our faith in ourselves and the people around us but also encourage us to do good to all.
Around 33 civilians were injured and eight soldiers killed on both sides of the Indo-Pak border in skirmishes between Pakistan Rangers and BSF in 2014.
Kailash Satyarthi has saved a staggering 2,667 children on an average in 30 years. Malala Yousafzai, on the other hand, has influenced an entire geographic region in Pakistan besides millions of girls worldwide.
Rapes did not end, and neither did crass comments of some idiots.
Eighty women activists from across India working at the grassroots level were part of a mock Women’s Parliament held in New Delhi that might be the turning point in the demand for women empowerment.
One woman DM lambasts callous administration comprising mostly of men.
Two Brown University undergrads, Ria Vaidya and Shreena Thakore, launch No Country For Women –a campaign aimed at educating young adults about rape culture through workshops and dialogues.
We lost brave sailors to a freak accident on board Indian Navy ship INS Sindhuratna leading to the then Navy Chief to step down.
The Navy increased its might with its second aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and indigenously built destroyer INS Kolkata.
Cabs and buses are becoming the vehicles of dread for women across India.
The Pink Auto service in Odisha is being hailed as the solution. Its tag of a ‘woman-friendly auto’ and drivers – who are issued certificates only after they clear rigorous psychological tests, and extensive social and criminal background checks – have earned it the praise of women activists. It is also endorsed by the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate.
Love jihad was a crime bigger than everything else in eyes of right-wing political groups.
N Srinivasan stood out as the blight in the glorious history of Indian cricket, and coach Duncan Fletcher turned the team into a pack of ducks when playing outside the subcontinent.
Indian boys won the Cricket World Cup for the Blind held in South Africa. They were received by three Union Ministers at the airport. PM Narendra Modi himself congratulated them in person and posed for pictures with each of the boys, uploading them on his official Twitter account.
Swacch Bharat Abhiyan was launched to clean the country, and many were left disgusted at the pretentiousness of the campaign.
Two friends, Mani Vajipey and Raj Madangopal, decided to solve India’s garbage problem by co-founding Banyan – a tech start-up aiming to improve recycling value chain in India.
Cyclone Hudhud, and floods in J&K and the Northeast were examples of nature’s rage.
The number of deaths from cyclone were lesser than ever before due to advancements in technology that helped in accurate prediction of weather pattern. But the feather in the cap of outer earth advancements was the Mars Orbiter Mission.
There were four Bollywood blockbusters in 2014 – ‘P.K’, ‘Kick’, ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘Bang Bang’. All four were led by a male actor from either of the Khan Trinity or Hrithik Roshan, and had women playing supporting roles (or were just there).
Three women again proved that films with a female lead and a feminist storyline can do wonders, too. Applause for Kangana Ranaut in ‘Queen’, Rani Mukherjee in ‘Mardaani’, and Priyanka Chopra in ‘Mary Kom’. Oh, and we also had a woman detective in Vidya Balan’s ‘Bobby Jasoos’!
60 patients lost their vision in an eye camp in Punjab, and eight died in Bilaspur Sterilisation Tragedy.
India officially became Polio Free on March 27.