We are nearing year end and it’s also probably a great time to look back at the year. Sure, it’s been tough in several ways but 2018 has also given us a lot of reasons to cheer. Let’s have look at the 9 major events that made us proud, happy, inspired, grieve and more in 2018, India so far.
The #MeToo is a campaign against sexual harassment of women in the workplace. This came to limelight when Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment in October 2018. Later singer Chinmayi brought up allegations and this led to many women in the news media, Indian film industry, and even within the government to speak out of sexual harassment against a number of prominent men.
READ: The Ultimate Guide to Consent by Chinmayi!
Stand with Kerala
Severe floods in August affected the south Indian state of Kerala, due to unusually high rainfall for more than 10 days during the monsoon season. It was the worst flood in Kerala in nearly a century. Over 483 people died, and many went missing. Many governments, corporations and individuals all over the world extended their helping hands to save Kerala.
India’s national blind cricket team won the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup
In January, the Indian National Blind Cricket team went up against Pakistan at UAE’s Sharjah Cricket Stadium. India was chasing a target of 308 runs and gave us a nail-biting moment in the final overs. India beat Pakistan to become the World Champions. By doing so, they retained their title, that they had previously brought home in 2014.
Supreme Court decriminalizes section 377 and legalizes homosexuality in September this year. Campaigners celebrated love and liberty by organizing parades and other events. The judgment has been criticized by conservatives as a threat to ‘Indian culture and Hinduism and none of the leaders from the major political parties congratulated the LGBT community.