Year 2013 has ended, but that year brought many shocking events for India as well as in my personal life too. Me and my team got some recognition; I got accreditation as a journalist from Maharashtra government. My studies gave me good openings. We, the NBC team really matured in this field with time. We received chance to explore new dimensions in media. We had our share of flops and gains, but we survived strong at the end. There were many shocking incidences which happened in my office also. One of our staff members married suddenly, some left and some joined us. Comparatively, the journey last year was very smooth. In the recent past, we really lived each moment enthusiastically.
If we look at Mumbai, then the city has witnessed many shocking incidences including Shakti Mill Compound Gang rape case. City saw first ever Narendra Modi’s rally. Maharashtra Assembly saw lot of ups and downs because of Adarsh scam and anti superstitious activist Narendra Dabholkar’s murder. Country had big events and incidences to share. Congress Party announced Rahul Gandhi as its Vice President and also a Prime Minister Post candidate. Rahul Gandhi neither has experience nor has shown the required ability to change the policies and performance of the Congress party or governments run by it or in coalition with other parties. The party claims their grand old party is built with leaders’ sacrifice. At the time of action, they were behaving with arrogance and self-gain. Now at the time of election, to retain power they are doing lip service and big talk. A new party may need some time to learn – not Congress. For corrupt nation, they are mainly responsible as being the rulers of this country for most of the time. Rahul’s performance as an elected representative was A DISASTER. People of this country are poor and illiterate and follow people blindly and worship them. There are selfishness in many people’s attitude and behaviour. Still, we have an age old culture and there are selfless people. Nehru family has earned nation’s money with the only qualification of their family name ‘Gandhi’. Now, the 4th generations is earning, is it not enough? Many Indians will be seeing 2013 as a thrilling year, as for most of them it is rotten year. 2013 brought many shocking news for us. The destruction in Uttarakhand which killed thousands, the Mumbai gang rape, Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal being accused of rape, godman Asaram and son being arrested for rape, and the Supreme Court verdict on gay sex; the list is apparently limitless.
We saw how Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers, which really left our jaws hanging. In June, the terrible magnitude of nature’s fury unfolded as a multi-day cloudburst centered in Uttarakhand, causing devastating floods and landslides, making it the worst natural disaster in India since the Tsunami in 2004. After the disaster had claimed more than 5,700 lives, a debate ensued on what really caused it. After this disaster, Muzaffarnagar riots took lots of life and it ended with making many people homeless. We had not forgotten (as human mentality is) Nirbhaya’s brutal gang rape of 2012, we heard a photo-journalist was gang-raped in Mumbai by five men, including a juvenile in a deserted Shakti Mills compound. Mumbai, the city, which has always boasted about the safety of women, got shivers after this rape incidence.
Tarun Tejpal one of the big name in investigative journalism, sexually assaulted a colleague in a lift after the ThinkFest in Goa. Tehelka, a big news agency collapsed to scratches, and lost all its integrity and credibility.
Starting with a 10-acre ashram, Asaram went on to acquire some 420 major or minor such institutions over a period of 40 or so years across the world. Before his arrest, he was raking in around Rs. 400 crore or more annually. In the process, he also snagged some 20 million followers worldwide. He and his son both are in police custody under the charges of rape. On the other side, Sadhvi Pragya Singh who was in jail from past six years is acquitted from all charges; NIA declared that Madhya Pradesh wrongly arrested her in Malegaon blast case and RSS pracharak Sanjay Joshi’s murder case.
Modi too got clean chit from 2002 riots. Modi emerged as big name and prime ministerial candidate of BJP, he not only shook the politics of this country but also successfully created waves against Congress. Congress, India’s oldest national party collapsed in no time. On the other side, Aam Aadmi Party has created threat to Congress and BJP by forming a government in Delhi.
In a blow to gay rights activists, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the penal provision making gay sex an offence punishable with upto life imprisonment. The bench had reserved its order in March last year after granting day-to-day hearing of the case from February 15, 2012.
Other shocking incidents of the year include Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United ending its 17-year-old alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, after the latter named Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate. The move came as a major jolt to the National Democratic Alliance, which was left with only three constituents – the BJP, the Shiv Sena and the Shiromani Akali Dal.
There were many shocking deaths happened in Hindi film industry like Jiah Khan’s and Farooque Sheikh’s. Bollywood industry had given another shocking incident of separation between Hritik Roshan and his wife Susanne Khan. It was very difficult for public to believe this story. This entire year was quite interesting with good events and sudden shocks….
In 2014, India will go in for general elections, which is considered as one of the biggest democratic festival in the country. Year 2013 has passed…….
Let’s welcome 2014…..
As a chief of this organisation, I wish all my readers, a very happy and a prosperous New Year.