13 Ways India Took A Giant Leap Forward In 2014
From health to feminism to space exploration – jai ho across the board.
February: NASA announced that they're going to launch a satellite in collaboration with ISRO.
March: The World Health Organisation certified India as polio-free.
April: India hit 100 million Facebook users, globally second only to the US.
April: The Supreme Court recognised transgendered Indians as belonging to a third gender.
May: We elected a Prime Minister via the largest democratic election in the world, showcasing the highest voter turnout for a general election, anywhere, EVER.
May: For the first time ever, all six of India's neighbouring countries, as well as Mauritius, came together for the swearing in of an Indian Prime Minister.
June, October, November: 2014 turned out to be a fantastic year for our athletes, with India bagging medals, breaking records, and generally dominating across the sporting world.
July, October: India unveiled two new sports leagues – Pro Kabaddi League and The Indian Super League.
Aside from bagging achievements in international arenas, our sporting world grew by leaps and bounds internally too.
September, October: More than ever before, Bollywood's leading ladies spoke up against sexism, and took Indian feminism mainstream.
September: India successfully launched the Mangalyaan satellite into orbit around Mars.
October: Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
October: Indian child-rights activist Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize.
November: Regardless of legislation, hundreds of Indians embraced gay pride in one of the largest demonstrations the country has ever seen.
So, while it hasn't been a perfect year by any means or measure, we have a LOT to celebrate. Here's to even more progress in 2015!
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