2018 is almost over and it was a rough year, but there were also plenty of wonderful things that happened in the world. It’s been a year dotted with some remarkable events. From path-breaking judgements like the striking down of Section 377 to the greatest gestures of humanity, many best things happened in India.
For what it’s worth, here are the 6 stories this column considers the biggest of 2018 in India. If you’ve been ignoring the news all year, here’s what’s been happening.
When Delhi Started Its Own ‘Chipko Movement’ To Save 16,500 Trees Being Cut
The Delhi government decided to cut 16,500 trees to constructed houses for its staff. (June)
Delhi witnessed a modern-day ‘Chipko Movement’ where citizens came forward and asked the government to find the alternative so that development can happen, but not at the cost of environment.
Around 1000 people protested and demanded the government should come up with an alternative plan which doesn’t violate the sanctity of the environment.
Asian Games 2018: Hima Das Became First Indian To Clinch Gold In Women’s 4x400m Relay
Sprinter Hima Das scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold at the world level as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. ( August)
4 Lakhs Indians Contributed Rs 1028 Crore To Kerala Flood Relief
The state of Kerala, suffered worst flood in nearly a century but it got huge support from various corners. The donations to the chief minister’s distress relief fund (CMDRF) crossed Rs 1,028 crore with as many as 4.17 lakh people made their contribution
Fisherman Who Became A Human Stepping Stone During Kerela Floods Got A New Car As Gift
Jaisal, a fisherman from Kerala whose video went viral during the recent floods in the state was gifted a brand new SUV. The key of the Marazzo was handed over to him by Kerala Excise Minister TP Ramakrishnan in the presence of company representatives.
Supreme Court Decriminalized Section 377
The Supreme Court, in a historic verdict, decriminalised homosexuality in India. The ruling re-examined a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial law known as Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), under which homosexuality is described as an “unnatural offence”. The homosexuals can live as equal citizens in India without being seen with a criminal gaze. Nobody can harass them on the basis of their sexual orientation. (September) Also Read, Gay Sex: Here’s All You Need To Know About Section 377 Of Indian Penal Code.
Statue Of Unity – World’s Tallest Statue in India
On Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Statue of Unity – a bronze statue of India’s first home minister who is credited with uniting 562 princely states in pre-independent India to build the Republic of India. At 182 metres, Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world. It towers over China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue by 29 metres and the world famous Statue of Liberty by 89 metres. The height of the base of Statue of Unity is 58 metres.
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