They may say this year was not as good as expected, but there is always a brighter side of every aspect. India took many historic moves in 2015 and now is the time to check ’em out.
Kerala became the first ever state in India to adopt a transgender policy that gives equal rights and protection to the transgender community by providing gender identity certificates.
The revolutionary wind got stronger as a transgender social activist got recognized!
India added another feather to its cap by featuring a film ‘Break Free‘ that exposes the violations faced by gays, lesbians and transgenders due to Section 377, in the prestigious Indian Panorama (government’s 21 non-fiction film showcase).
Our world went upside down when Maggi left our homes but, just like other superheroes, it made a comeback to fill our empty nights (and stomachs)!
But way before the Maggi ban, people celebrated when the porn ban got lifted!
When others in the world continued to behave worse than animals, Pingu, a stray dog, fought off intruders and became a hero in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area.
After Pingu, pandas came under the limelight with the news that they can fake pregnancies for extra love and care!
And we have people like Ashok Sonule, who leaves his entire crop for the birds to eat even though his village is drought prone. He does not have a single scarecrow in his field and his farm yield remains dedicated to the hungry birds.
People are changing and so is our society…
Saurabh Nimbkar got featured on ‘Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi’, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan…
…for a noble activity that he has made his routine. He sings in the Mumbai local trains and collects money for cancer patients and their families. To make the epilogue amazing, Big B accompanied him on his journey.
Not just that but, we have an IT analyst Juhi Ramani, who, along with others, runs a tea-stall in Bangalore to collect money to spread awareness about Autism.
Not to forget Imran Khan, who came into notice after Narendra Modi’s speech in Wembley.
Of course, there are many such everyday heroes and very few come into notice but each and every act of such generosity deserves a salute, like the Social Responsibility Cell (SRC) of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar, which collected clothes from students and locals and displayed them at a street store, from where the underprivileged can take whatever they want for free!
Whereas in Chennai, life came to standstill and areas got submerged due to heavy rain. Media and assistance was not able to reach to help or report the condition of the people.
Mohomed Yunus stepped up as a hero for the people stuck in the floods and offered his flats to those who were seeking shelter from the rains.
Not to forget the achievements and discoveries…
India got its first blind-friendly railway station…
Anuprayaas, a non-government organization working for the welfare of visually challenged persons, put a lot of effort, along with south-western railway officials, who worked on this project for a long time.
Though Paresh Rawal showed a lot of effort in his movie ‘Oh My God‘ in 2012 but its results came out this year. For instance, the Pandal Committee of Vanasthalipuram along with the police decided to use the leftover money after Ganesh Chathurti in a different way.
And we got to know…
No more gori bahu funda here!
People are becoming aware about the marketing tactics of fairness cream advertisements that trigger viewers’ sentiments by giving false promises to consumers.
Nikhil Jain, with help of his brother Paras Jain, who is currently a 2nd year law student at Amity Law School, Noida, filed a consumer complaint against the brand Emami.
Accusing them of causing mental injury to the customers and playing with their emotions, the brothers won the case on November 3, 2015. Emami has been told to withdraw the particular advertisement within 30 days.
Then women took over the command…
Aparna Darad formed an organization in Pune that works against the cases of domestic abuse and corruption. The volunteers of the organization wear bright red dresses while protesting and hence were given the nickname ‘Red Brigade’.
When people were busy submerging Lord Ganesha’s idols in water under the name of religion, Rintu Kalyani Rathod came up with an unique idea to spread smiles on underprivileged children’s faces.
These are very few of the things that happen almost every year but never come to light because we all are very busy debating about intolerant India. We blindly notice those who have always been under the limelight and will always get the followers. But what about those people who make India a better place to live?
Like Shah Rukh said in his movie ‘Chennai Express‘:
“Don’t underestimate the power of a common man!”
Don’t be a blind follower, know your real heroes. S/he can be anywhere, or may be hidden inside you!