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Let’s brush aside the controversies, and remember the good times! 2015 had a few…

San Jose: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (2nd L), John T. Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco, Paul E. Jacobs, Executive Chairman of Qualcomm and Goggle CEO Sundar Pichai (R) during the Digital India and Digital Technology dinner function in San Jose on Saturday. PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla (PTI9_27_2015_000085A)

We have all endured frustrations this year. We have seen our elected leaders take their gloves off and punch each other without inhibition. We have woken up to news of scams and corruptions. ‘Pollution talk’ has made us realise our imminent mortality. Hardcore ‘loud mouths’, claiming to be guardians of the Hindus went overboard with their enthusiasm… the hellish list is endless, but why not take heart from a few good ones…

Launch of NaMo-driven ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’


India has been an unclean nation for over 65 years. We are all sadly familiar with the stories about how the widespread garbage and rising pollution makes India an unhealthy country. Very little steps were taken until Narendra Modi introduced his cleanliness campaign. The aim is clean India by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Over the next 5 years, the government plans to invest nearly Rs 2 lakh crore to construct 12 crore toilets across India… the initiative has the potential to change India’s age-old defecating problem. Celebrities, politicians, and corporate honchos are all committed to make it happen. It’s a novel beginning and its needs all-inclusive cooperation.

Digital India’ campaign


Less than 20% Indians use the Internet (compared to more than 85% in America and 48% in China) despite India being a global leader in Information Technology. The ‘Digital India’ is already showing its benefits. Far-flung villages are now interconnected with each other through high-speed internet access. The digital divide is dissolving, and with it is rising a new, informed India. Besides connectivity, E-governance and service delivery, E-commerce/E-business, and the education sector is also reaping the benefits.

Sania Mirza and her Grand Slam heroics


Sania Mirza savoured a historic 2015 as she became the first female player from India to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam title on way to becoming world number one. Paired with Martina Hingis, Sania Mirza made every Indian proud. Although many criticize her for taking the easy way out by opting out of the singles circuit and joining hands with more accomplished players in doubles, no one can take away the spirited resilience shown by India’s most accomplished women tennis player.

Chennai flood was a tragedy, but it revealed India’s humanitarian essence


Rainfall in Chennai broke a 100-year-old record and the entire city flooded. Offices and shops shut and lives were halted, but the Chennai floods overshadowed the intolerant image and showed nothing can come over humanity. People from all walks of life, cutting across geographical barriers, came together to lend a helping hand. The responses were spontaneous; no one seemed to think twice about giving away food, clothes and providing shelter. Victims who lost homes were accommodated by strangers, food was shared without any bar, and prayers were spoken in unison, without any credence to religion. It was the face of India that attracted global applause.