2014: A Year of Change, Challenges, Charisma, Causes, Class, Champions & Chaos

As the year 2014 comes to an end, we bring to you some of the moments that make this year prominently memorable! As History gets written, read and said, 2014 will forever be remembered and our memories are best captured by the 7 Cs i.e.

Total Recall 2014.

January:

In a radical move, the former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resorted to sitting on a Dharna & sleeping on the road as a demand for getting erring police personnel suspended. The Aam Aadmi Party's phenomenal victory in the Delhi Elections paved the way for a transformational change in Indian politics.

In a radical move, the former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resorted to sitting on a Dharna & sleeping on the road as a demand for getting erring police personnel suspended. The Aam Aadmi Party’s phenomenal victory in the Delhi Elections paved the way for a transformational change in Indian politics.

The lethal Ebola Virus broke out of West Africa to pose a significant global health challenge. Till date, almost 7000 innocent victims have lost their lives to this hazard & the death toll continues to rise. We pray for a cure!

February.

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and PhD Man & Super Scientist Dr. CNR Rao were conferred the Bharat Ratna for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields. Incidentally, the Little Master called it a day around the same time, heralding the end of an era in the history of Cricket.

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and PhD Man & Super Scientist Dr. CNR Rao were conferred the Bharat Ratna for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields. Incidentally, the Little Master called it a day around the same time, heralding the end of an era in the history of Cricket.

Also, Arvind  Kejriwal resigned as the CM of Delhi, bringing to an end a 49 day old dream. A short-lived transformation indeed.

The Sochi Winter Olympics were held in Russia. President Vladimir Putin’s only PR victory in the year that was.

March.

It was a year of Aviation tragedies as flight Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared mysteriously with 239 people on board. Various conspiracy theories popped up, but none could tell the truth of something as amazing as the complete vanishing of an entire airplane in the 21st century.

It was a year of Aviation tragedies as flight Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared mysteriously with 239 people on board. Various conspiracy theories popped up, but none could tell the truth of something as amazing as the complete vanishing of an entire airplane in the 21st century.

The metaphoric rise of the planet’s richest and most terrorizing force, the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria (ISIS) shocked world with a formerly unparalleled display of barbarity on murder. The militant group captured most of the territory in in West Iraq and Syria and proclaimed  a self-styled Caliphate.

April.

The Indian General Elections, 2014 began this month. The biggest election in Human History was conducted in 9 phases with 814.5 million voters exercising their vote. The humungous task was managed in an exemplary manner by the Election Commission of India.

The Indian General Elections, 2014 began this month. The biggest election in Human History was conducted in 9 phases with 814.5 million voters exercising their vote. The humungous task was managed in an exemplary manner by the Election Commission of India.

This month, Narendra Modi filed his election nomination from Varanasi and Vadodra. It was a month of never-seen-before hectic campaigning which altered the course of electoral exercises in India. Innovative methods like 3D holograms and ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ combined with the state-of-the-art technology left the world gawping.

May.

The BJP won a landslide victory with 282 seats in the Lok Sabha. The NDA tally was 336. The nation witnesses a Saffron surge never seen before.

Narendra Modi led the BJP to a spectacular victory in the Lok Sabha elections with its best ever result in History. The country gave a fitting mandate to the Lion of Gujarat; an absolute majority after more than 20 years. Everything, from stock markets to people’s expectations shot up the day he was sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India.

June.

The FIFA World Cup 2014 began with a power-packed sporting paraphernalia. Held in South Africa, the best football teams in the world clashed on the field to put up an amazing display of skill, speed and sportsmanship. Germany took home a well-deserved victory to be crowned the Champions of World Football.

The FIFA World Cup 2014 began with a power-packed sporting paraphernalia. Held in South Africa, the best football teams in the world clashed on the field to put up an amazing display of skill, speed and sportsmanship. Germany took home a well-deserved victory to be crowned the Champions of World Football.

Infosys founder Chairman Emeritus NR Narayana Murthy appointed Dr. Vishal Sikka as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer

July.

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, MH17 passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down as it flew over the Ukraine, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. Innocent lives were lost in the carnage and the West took on Russia with a torrent of sanctions. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, MH17 passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down as it flew over the Ukraine, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. Innocent lives were lost in the carnage and the West took on Russia with a torrent of sanctions. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Amit Shah, the Chanakya of our times was elected the National President of the BJP and went on to manage the BJP’s spectacular show in Haryana and Maharashtra.

August.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna was launched. The ambitious scheme aimed to provide direct cash transfers to individual bank accounts. Crores of new bank accounts were opened throughout the country as many poor household realized the need for benefiting directly through the government's schemes.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna was launched. The ambitious scheme aimed to provide direct cash transfers to individual bank accounts. Crores of new bank accounts were opened throughout the country as many poor household realized the need for benefiting directly through the government’s schemes.

The Red Fort in Delhi went Saffron for a day as PM Narendra Modi delivered an extempore speech, stressing on public hygiene as an essential part of nation-building. He invited the world to come, ‘Make in India’.

September.

India's crown, Jammu & Kashmir was hit by devastating floods. The floods claimed around 277 lives and left thousands homeless. The Indian Army, India Air Force, the NDRF carried out one of the most massive rescue operations in history. The sad incident brought the entire nation together under a single roof of humanity. Our prayers are with the victims.

India’s crown, Jammu & Kashmir was hit by devastating floods. The floods claimed around 277 lives and left thousands homeless. The Indian Army, India Air Force, the NDRF carried out one of the most massive rescue operations in history. The sad incident brought the entire nation together under a single roof of humanity. Our prayers are with the victims.

“Kem Cho Mr. Modi”, said President Barack Obama as the Prime Minister received a rockstar welcome in the USA. He delivered a speech in Hindi  at the UNGA and mesmerized the crowds at the Madison Square Garden in New York while  addressing the Indian community in the US.

October.

The BJP scored a spectacular win in two of India's most electorally important state. Devendra Fadnavis and Manohar Khattar were sworn in as the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Haryana respectively. The BJP continued its string of victories across the nation.

The BJP scored a spectacular win in two of India’s most electorally important state. Devendra Fadnavis and Manohar Khattar were sworn in as the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Haryana respectively. The BJP continued its string of victories across the nation.

On 2nd October, on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Swach Bharat Abhiyan was launched. It envisaged a cleaner and greener India by 2019.

November.

India created history in Space by becoming the first country to place a spacecraft in Mars' orbit in its debut. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Mangalyaan cost us just $74 Million. The pride of the nation blasted off to read the red planet to go down in history as having some of the best scientific and economic credentials to flaunt off.

India created history in Space by becoming the first country to place a spacecraft in Mars’ orbit in its debut. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Mangalyaan cost us just $74 Million. The pride of the nation blasted off to read the red planet to go down in history as having some of the best scientific and economic credentials to flaunt off.

Phil Hughes tragic demise left the world shocked. The Australian cricketer died of a deep injury to his head. May his soul Rest In Peace.

December.

"A young girl and somewhat older man, one from Pakistan, one from India, one Hindu, one Muslim - both symbols of what the world needs, namely unity." Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Prize for Peace for their work in uplifting the plight of Children in India and Pakistan. It was a proud moment for every child, male and female as they rejoiced in the glory of their truly Noble saviors.

“A young girl and somewhat older man, one from Pakistan, one from India, one Hindu, one Muslim – both symbols of what the world needs, namely unity.” Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Prize for Peace for their work in uplifting the plight of Children in India and Pakistan. It was a proud moment for every child, male and female as they rejoiced in the glory of their truly Noble saviors.

On 16 December 2014, an devastating attack had left the world surprised. After investigation police has found out that 9 members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) conducted a terrorist attack on the Army Public School in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. They entered the school and opened fire on school staff and children, killing 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren, ranging between eight and eighteen years of age.

The year 2014 will go down in history as that annual period where the world experienced a curious mix of continuity and cataclysmic change. To say that this year was a terrible one for President Barack Obama would be an understatement. For his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the times just got tougher. Afghanistan found a new President in Ashraf Ghani. The middle-east continued to burn as the Arab and Palestine world watched helplessly. On the economic front, the US economy ended the year with a 5% GDP growth rate. Stock markets in US scaled a series of peaks with the DOW closing at an all-time high. the Eurozone economies stayed subdued and challenged along with a specter of continued deceleration in the Chinese economy. The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong withered away like the Occupy Wall Street movement. Dilma Rousseff  was returned to power in Brazil and the same Japanese PM Shinzo Abe met with the same lucky fate. Indonesia elected Joko Widodo as its President raising hopes of an economic revival. Chaos in Thailand continued with the Martial law in place. Our very own Prime Miniter Modi made 9 foreign visits and his government received 10 heads of state and governments in India. The Congress party, its supremo Sonia Gandhi, its never-to-be-crowned Prince Rahul Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh were consigned to political oblivion by the Indian people. As the sun sets in 2014, under Prime Minister in India, we truly have, for the first time, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sarkar.

We wish you a Happy & Prosperous New Year ahead!



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