This year saw many such moments which I doubt most of us would have even thought we’d ever witness. Most importantly, these instances made us proud of our country and despite all our diversities we together revelled in the joy these moments brought us. Presenting you 10 iconic events in 2014 which made us proud, for India, by India.
- Making the nation proud, child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 2014 for his commendable work along with Malala Yousafzai, girl education activist.
- Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister in May after winning the General Elections 2014, leading the BJP led NDA to a victory that was a historic defeat for the Indian National Congress. And the man has continued to amaze us and the world ever since!
- India becomes the first nation to reach the Mars orbit on its first attempt and the first Asian nation to do so, when Mars Orbitter Mission or Mangalyaan, spacecraft launched by ISRO reached Mars on 24 September, 2014. And we can proudly say, we gave Mars her MOM.
- India was declared polio free by WHO in 2014 as a result of India’s rigorous efforts and intensive anti-polio drive launched in 1994. A proud moment for every Indian who had wished to see India treading closer to development.
- The Indian Hockey team bagged gold in the Asian Games held this year after defeating guess who, Pakistan! And so this year, it was not just cricket that united people across states!
- In the Common Wealth Games 2014, India ranked 5th while our delegates brought back home 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze medals, yet again, making India proud.
- Women ruled the roost in Bollywood this year with movies like Queen, Mardaani, Mary Kom etc. celebrated and venerated the woman and her spirit.
- From among delegates from more than 50 countries, Asha Bhat from India was crowned Miss Supranational 2014 in December, bringing home the title for the first time ever. Woot woot kid!
- Farhan Akhtar, popular actor and director became the first man in UN Women’s history to be appointed its Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.The Indian Space Research Organisation successfully test-launched the country’s biggest ever rocket on 18 December also checking the working of a crew module that could one day be used to send humans to space. Way to go ISRO, you had given us a great year already.