Kartick Jagtap | SIMC Ink
2010 has been a remarkable year for our country. As a fast developing economy that is readying itself to challenge the might of the Americas and the Chinas of the world, India has not witnessed a more significant year in recent times. While it remains a matter of debate to judge a period of time based on events of social, political and economic concern, one can however, put into perspective the time gone by and note some of the interesting events of the past twelve months.
To say that India has been a hotbed of political turmoil will not be an understatement as observed over the past few months. The coalition Government under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been wrung on almost all sides as the Congress has struggled to appease its allies and the Opposition over matters ranging from the organizing of sporting mega-events and property scandals to even technology licensing.
‘Scandal’ was the word of the year as Messrs Kalmadi, Chavan and Raja hogged the headlines on a daily basis. While Kalmadi’s skeletons continue to tumble out of the closet, a certain Mr. Chavan gave into the lure of sea facing apartments meant for war widows. Competing with the two was A. Raja who under the facade of spectrum allotment, ‘allegedly’ siphoned of crores of Rupees. 2010 has been anything but calm for Madam Gandhi.
However, in spite of the actions of our politicians that have tarnished the nation’s image, all was not lost. The emergence of new sporting heroes like Somdev Devvarman and Saina Nehwal was seen as a sign of a younger, diverse India hell-bent on proving itself. We had amore than a decent outing at the CWG and the Asiad and it was probably for the first time in recent years that lesser followed sports shared the limelight usually reserved for cricket. Not to be outdone, Cricket too had a noteworthy year. Riding on the form of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, India managed to secure the number 1 Test ranking for the first time. Incidentally, Tendulkar himself created history by becoming the first man to score 200 runs in a One Day International. He’s completed the year by creating another record that of completing a record 50 Test centuries.
As 2010 draws to a close, I remain hopeful that the New Year ushers in a wave of responsibility, that our politicians respect the integrity of our country and that our sportspersons continue to shine on the world stage, after all, we are hosting the 2011 Cricket World Cup and the eyes of the world will be upon us!