THE YEAR OF AWAKENING

A timeline review of major political events of the year 2014

Trusting the Aam Aadmi: The common man in India never felt so special before. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party crossed the number hurdle and won the confidence vote in Delhi assembly.

11th February: China-Taiwan talks: High-ranking officials from China and Taiwan met in Nanking, China. It is the first time since the 1949 split that minister-level officials held talks. While the meeting is largely symbolic, it signals that both sides want to maintain stability and warmer ties.

14th February:

A ruler for 49-days: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced his resignation within 49-days of forming the government when the much disputed Jan Lokpal Bill could not be tabled in Delhi assembly. Accusations and controversies surrounded the party throughout their tenure and the quick exits and entries made the situation worst.

24th March:

529 sentenced to death in Egypt: After a two-hour trial, a judge in Matay in Egypt’s Minya Province sentenced 529 people to death for the killing of a police officer during the protests against the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in August 2013. The defendants were arrested last August during a wave of unrest in which supporters of the former president react violently to the clearance of a proMorsi sit-in in Cairo during which more than 900 people were killed.

16th May:

BJP triumphs: The Bharatiya Janata Party trounced the Sonia Gandhi-led Congress Party, by winning about 60 per cent of the seats in parliament. The decisive victory gave the party an outright majority in parliament. After 30 years, India saw a political party crossing the majority mark in the Lok Sabha elections. Narendra Modi became the 15th prime minister of India.

26th May:

Building relationships, one by one: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation for the inauguration ceremony. The two shook hands and exchange pleasantries at the ceremony, a sign that there may be a thaw in relations between India and Pakistan.

2nd June:

Telangana is 29th Indian state: Andhra Pradesh was split in to two states -Telangana and Andhra Pradesh -with Hyderabad as the joint capital for 10 years.K. Chandrashekhar Rao and N. Chandrababu Naidu became the first two chief ministers of the independent states of Telangana and Andhra, respectively.

9th July:

Youngest chief of BJP: The controversial yet politically suave close confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, 50, scripted history by becoming the youngest president of the party in which veterans have called the shots since its inception. He succeeded Rajnath Singh as the party president.

political24th July:

Fouad Massoum elected Iraq’s president: Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named the new president of Iraq following a parliamentary vote. Massoum, 76, is one of the founders of current President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party.

24th July:

PM of Ukraine resigns: Ukraine’s prime minister tendered his resignation berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over the country’s increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing.

19th September: Historic referendum: The world watched as the people of Scotland waited for the result of the historic referendum. Scotland voted against ending its 307year-old union with England and Wales, with the Scottish National party conceding defeat in the historic referendum.

September last week: Modi mania in the USA: India came of age in the USA with an epic show of political, social and economic clout, and cohesion at the Madison Square Garden in New York City when PM Narendra Modi hit all the right buttons in a speech that received a rock-star ovation.

2nd October:

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a nationwide cleanliness campaign. Inspired from the ice bucket challenge and making use of social media, he also roped in nine celebrities including cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, industrialist Anil Ambani and several actors to spread awareness on cleanliness and make ‘Swachh Bharat’ a people’s movement.

21st December:

Egypt allows travellers from Gaza: Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months. Rafah is the only major crossing between impoverished Gaza, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, and the outside world that does not border Israel, which blockades the strip and allows passage mainly on humanitarian grounds.