Most successful year of Indian cricket

Most successful year of Indian cricket

Virat Kohali scores fastest 5000 runs in one day matches. Equals Vivian Richards record. India won six series in a row in ODIs in 2013. Rohit Sharma becomes the first player to hit 16 sixes in one day matches. Captain Dhoni wins the IC people’s choice award. Around 1,88,000 voted for this award. R. Ashwin captures fastest 100 wickets by any Indian bowler. He achieved this feat in just 18 matches.

Mixed year for Indian football

Mixed year for Indian football

The national team at least managed to end the year on a high, avenging the SAFF defeat against Nepal in the league stage with a 2-0 win in an international friendly in November. For Indian football, it was a mixed year. India's season started with a defeat by Palestine in an international friendly in February. They even failed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. India, however, moved 24 places, jumping to 143rd position in the FIFA rankings in March. From there on it was a downhill curve for the national team. It lost to Tajikistan in an international friendly and produced one of its worst performances in the SAFF Championship, going down 0-2 to Afghanistan in the final.

Supreme Court terms homosexuality criminal offence

Supreme Court terms homosexuality criminal offence

Thousands of Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people stormed on the streets of Delhi after Supreme Court decriminalized homosexual sex between two consenting adults. Setting aside the Delhi High Court verdict of 2009, the apex court said there was no constitutional room for change in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. LGBT and Human Rights groups condemned the verdict. Law minister Kapil Sibal said the government was considering all options to restore the High Court verdict on Section 377. Many came in support of Gay rights including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi where Yoga guru Baba Ram Dev and Muslim groups welcomed the verdict.

Maharashtra passes landmark anti-superstition bill

Maharashtra passes landmark anti-superstition bill

In a landmark step, Maharashtra Assembly passed much discussed anti-superstition bill in winter session of the state legislature on 14th December. This move came nearly three months after the murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar. Instrumental in pushing the state government to frame an anti-superstition, Dabholkar was killed on 20 August in Pune. The police have not been able to trace his assailants yet. The new law seeks to eradicate black magic, blind faith, superstitious beliefs, rituals and sacrifices to drive out evil spirits or ensure a male progeny -- perpetrated by self-styled godmen and witchcraft and wizardry practitioners.

Christmas Eve Spacewalk on ISS to gift it a coolant

Christmas Eve Spacewalk on ISS to gift it a coolant

NASA Successfully Completed repairs at International Space Station with Christmas Eve Spacewalk. Spacewalkers treated the International Space Station with a Christmas gift, a new ammonia-pump module that would fully restore the station’s critical coolant system. Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio completed the mission of replacing a refrigerator-sized faulty coolant pump with a spare unit in two spacewalks conducted on Dec. 22 and Dec. 24.

China enters Moon Club

China enters Moon Club

Earlier this month, the Chinese probe Chang’e-3 landed on the Moon, along with its companion Moon rover, Yutu. China watched as the nation's first lunar rover rolled across the moon's surface. It was a moment of national pride for China which was included in Moon club, when images of the six-wheel rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, were transmitted live back to Earth, showing the red and gold Chinese flag on the moon for the first time. "Now as Jade Rabbit has made its touchdown on the moon surface," the state-run Xinhua news agency said, "the whole world again marvels at China's remarkable space capabilities." Chang’e-3 is part of China’s overall effort to put a person on the Moon in 2025. The country is also currently working on building a space station in Earth’s orbit.

Tejas: First ever indigenous light combat aircraft

Tejas: First ever indigenous light combat aircraft

In 2013, Indian air force got Tejas, its first ever indigenous light combat aircraft. Tejas completed 500 sorties in a year, achieving another milestone after attaining initial operational clearance in December. A multirole light fighter developed by India, it is a tailless compound delta-wing design powered by a single engine. It came from the Light Combat Aircraft programme began in the 1980s to replace ageing MiG-21 fighters. Later, LCA was officially named "Tejas" meaning "Radiance" by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Tejas integrates technologies such as relaxed static stability, fly-by-wire flight control system, multi-mode radar, integrated digital avionics system, composite material structures, and a flat rated engine.

N-capable Prithvi II successfully test fired

N-capable Prithvi II successfully test fired

The nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km was successfully. The surface-to-surface missile Prithvi is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and uses liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering trajectory. The nine meter long Prithvi-II missile is equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system and guided by an innovative guidance scheme. Inducted into India's Strategic Forces Command in 2003, the Prithvi II missile is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

Congress party: A drubbing defeat

Congress party: A drubbing defeat

Congress leaders across India were virtually in mourning after the humiliating defeat in Assembly polls in Rajasthan, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Many from within are admitting the rout has rattled the party ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election. But the main factor of the failure of Party scion Rahul Gandhi’s leadership was less discussed and kept sanctified. UPA government’s failures on many fronts actually created the uproar in the mindset of the “aam adami”. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said that her party's defeat in assembly elections called for "deep introspection" and it would study "the many reasons for this defeat". The Congress has played a smart game of supporting the AAP in Delhi which has caused the image of both ‘David’ and ‘Goliath’.

AAP: under pressure of its own image

AAP: under pressure of its own image

Benefitted by the image of Anna Hazare, the AAP shed the tag line “Mai Hun Anna” and called itself “Mai Hun Aam Adami”. No one dreamed the AAP winning 28 seats in Delhi polls diminishing the Congress for its worst ever defeat. The “not so hungry for power” AAP grabbed the power with the support of the Congress to whom it described “corrupt and communal”. The neo ‘David’ Arvind Kejriwal became the seventh CM of Delhi saying that he has no magic wand. Never dreamed about ruling Delhi in its first ever polls, AAP seems tensed to fulfill the dreams it has shown to the aam adami of Delhi. It is interesting to see if the AAP uses its ‘Broom’ effectively of succumbs to the pressure of the self made image.

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Vivid manifestations of Hindutva thought were seen in 2013: Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Abhijit Mulye
Nashik, December 30 : 


undefinedThe passing year put before us vivid manifestations and acceptability of the Hindutva thought amongst the intelligentsia of our society, SarKaryavah (General Secretary) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) Shri. Suresh (Bhaiyaji) Joshi told NewsBharati here today.  

Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary:growing acceptance of Hindutva  

Vivekananda Saardhashati (150th birth anniversary) celebrations started on 12th January 2013 got overwhelming response from all cross sections of the society. Through various symposia, lectures, seminars and other similar kind of events, efforts were made to reach out to the thought leaders of the society. These efforts were received very well and we could see a broader, brighter manifestation of the Hindutva thought through such interactions. We realized that the thought leaders of the society have a much more acceptance to Hindutva than what was perceived earlier, Joshi elaborated.

Rise of AAP is a clear signal to all political parties

In a special interview for the ‘Recap 2013’ section of NewsBharati, Shri. Joshi elaborated on various topics that made news in 2013. When asked about the much talked of success of Aam Aadami Party in Delhi assembly elections and the discussions regarding the new political culture that followed it, Joshi said that this is a clear signal for all the political parties that they should be more careful in choosing candidates.

Dignity of women: Not by law alone: it is a social responsibility

While speaking about the crime against women in our society, Joshi said that, these crimes are an outcome of ill, degraded minds. We, as a society, need to look into the ‘Samsakara’ factor or the values that are inculcated through our societal institutions like family, educational institutions, and media. We will have to ensure that right values are inculcated into the society and this won’t be possible merely by passing some legislation. He said, “Legislation is not an alternative to value system.” Joshi also expressed concern over the demands to nullify recent Supreme Court verdict regarding article 377. He said, homosexuality does not have social sanction in India and does not have any standing in Indian culture. Hence, any attempts to get legal status for that “would not be acceptable”.

Safety and security of Hindus all over the world is responsibility of Bharat 

When asked about the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Joshi said that, it has always been our demand that Indian government should ensure safety and security of Hindus world over. Indian government should convey its concern over such cases to the respective country.

Weak and meek foreign policy towards neighbors

While speaking about the Chinese and Pakistani aggression on the borders along India during the year, Joshi said, such incidences are not new to us, in the sense that they are obvious side effects of the weak external affairs policy which our government has adopted. If we feel that such incidences should not repeat in future, we will have to have our foreign policy corrected. “Any lapse in internal or external security is always a danger. India should take all such actions by Pakistan and China very seriously. India should not bow to any kind of pressure from any international forces or groups. And our external policy needs to have correction in this regard”, he said.Joshi appreciated Indian government’s tough stand in the Devyani Khobragade case and said, this might be an effort to weaken and demoralize India. Government should ensure that nobody dares any such attempt in future.

Government machinery should be more trained to handle natural disasters

Joshi expressed deep condolences towards the lives lost in the natural calamity that hit the state of Uttarakhand earlier this year and said, “We need to ensure that the development plans are made after a due consideration to the geological and geographical factors and are implemented flawlessly”. He praised Indian military forces for their efforts during the calamity and also commended the way in which the voluntary organizations across the nation started relief and rehabilitation operations in the region. He expressed displeasure over the response of the government machinery and said government machinery should ensure proper and complete training in disaster management.