So it is the end of December and everybody is decking up with all the enthusiasm to welcome another year. 2016 was a year full of elements that shocked us, surprised us, cheered us and some disappointed us. So here I am with a review of the year on a whole. I am writing here about stories that mattered all of us.
1.Girls shine at Olympics:
It was a year of girls outshining the boys not only in the board’s result but as well as Olympic ones. India came back from Rio with two medals, one bronze won by Sakshi Mallik in freestyle wrestling and one silver won by P.V.Sindhu in badminton. Both of them created history by becoming the first women to do so in their respective game.
2. A year of Biopics:
This year Bollywood was majorly about Biopics. All of them made a mark among the audience. It all began with Airlift which was about an Indian businessman rescuing 170,000 Indians from Kuwait during the war, then Neerja got released where Sonam Kapoor gave a remarkable performance. Then Sarabjit was released which is among one of India’s nomination for Oscars. The saga continued with M.S.Dhoni played by Sushant Singh Rajput which is also nominated for Oscars. Azhar where Imran Hashmi played the role of former Indian cricket team captain Md. Azharuddin.Rustom and Aligarh were also based on true life stories. Well, the year is now ending with the master of all Dangal.
3. Donald Trump’s victory:
Donald Trump was the most talked about personality of 2016. In fact, Indians took a lot of interest in USA presidential elections and especially in Trump. People were all in dilemma, whether Trump’s presidency will prove good or bad for the nation. Fluctuating statements of Trump about the Indian diaspora in America kept the Indians hooked to it.
4. Jio launch:
This was a kind of Tsunami in the telecom industry. Unbelievable schemes of free voice calls and free high-speed data services were announced by the Reliance company. Earlier everybody was skeptical regarding the free services but after few days there were hundreds of them standing in the line to get a jio sim. This initiative by Ambani and company have affected the services of other telecom services hugely.
Demonetisation shifted the lines outside reliance stores to banks. On 8 of November, the government of India suddenly announced that from the midnight onwards 500 and 1000 rupee notes would be considered invalid. This step of Modi government shocked the people. The government claims that demonetization is a step to curb black money practices, terrorism, corruption, smuggling and else. Intellectuals and analysts are still trying to decode the consequences of it but the opposition is shouting loud and standing against this decision of the government.
6. Breaking the stereotype:
2016 was a year when stereotypes were broken. While the girls brought the medals from Olympics, Rohit Khandelwal brought the title of Mr. World. 2016 witnessed girls performing excellently in sports whether it be golf, cricket, wrestling, hockey and else. This is not considered to be a women’s arena. Whereas the Hyderabad lad defied all who thought only women can participate in the pageant which is about beauty, fashion, and grooming.
7. Jayalalitha’s death:
Jayalalitha’s demise brought the whole of Tamil Nadu and India to a still for some time. People of Tamil Nadu were mourning the death of their Amma on the streets and there was also news of 77 people dying out of grief over Amma’s death. Jayalalitha served five terms of being the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for over fourteen years between 1991-2016. Three years into her tenure during 2011 reign, she was convicted in a disproportionate-assets-case.
8. Paralympic performers:
2016 was a great year for the Indian paralympic players at the Paralympics Olympics Rio. The largest ever paralympic contingent consisting of 19 athletes from India went to Rio.The contingent came back with four medals which was its best performance till now. M.Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati secured India gold and bronze respectively in long jump category. Deepa Malik scripted history by becoming the first woman ever to get a medal in Paralympics. She got a silver medal in Shotput. Devendra Jhajhariya won javelin gold medal breaking his personal previous record.
There were many more stories that could have been listed, but these stories are something that personally mattered to me. 2016 as a year overall was a rollercoaster ride for India. Heated debates and arguments rocked the parliament as usual but the most awaited bills like GST bill, Right of persons with disability bill 2016, the Aadhar bill got a green signal. Whatever the year 2016 was for us but I wish 2017 would be a happy and good year for all of us out there. In all the aspects of life, we attain whatever we wish for in this new year.