Like all years, 2010 also brought with it many colours. If the year threw many personalities in high visibility, it also presided over the destruction of many a reputations.
If Nitish Kumar by his victory gave a clear signal that politics can not be taken for granted as Lalu Yadav did, the year also whispered in the ears of ND Tiwary ,once a successful Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh that you have to atone for your misdeeds sooner or later.
If highly visible leader like Amar Singh was pushed to margin by the year, it saw the fluctuating fortunes of Rahul Gandhi from hero to zero in UP and Bihar election respectively. If Shashi Tharoor blazed like a meteor on political horizon, P Chidambaram was seen consolidating his position inch by inch.
Basking in the glory of UPA 1 success both Manmohan Singh and Sonia looked comfortable in the beginning of the year but their state of bliss was soon shaken once the corruption charges against congress leaders began to flood in. Chief Minsters and Union Ministers were sent packing yet the shadow of corruption could not be dispelled. A broken PM looked half his original self in the later part of the Year, though Sonia with bravado roared from the podium of Planery session with charges and counter charges against the Opposition.
For BJP also the year proved eventless as experiment with new face of Nitin Gadkari did not enthuse the cadre. The Party’s effort to to throw a credible leader at national level remained unfulfilled with the troika of Sushma-Jaitly and Anant still calling shots in the Party. The cadre has no face at national level to look upon as Chrisma of Bajpai and Advani are not happening to party any more.
But Mayawati remained the real gainer with a supporter buying 3 acres of land for her on moon as birth day gift. Mulayam Singh had no such luck with Azam ,Amar and Kalyan bleeding into the veins of Samajvadi Party.
Sharad Pawar also cannot forget 2010 easily as the IPL politics around him got so hot that he talked of relinquishing minister-ship. Be it Karunanidhi or Yedurappa, Roshaiya or Jagan the year had more bad luck in stores than good ones.
But in the enhancing void created by ineffectual executive power what moved forward to fill up the gap was judiciary which upturned many a decisions and restored sanity on umpteen occasions.
Glimpses of Year (2010) gone by
Guruji Shibu Soren’s third innings began in Jharkhand while BJP president Gadkari began his team formation with some old and many new faces.
Lalu Yadav and Ram Vilas went on the verge of extinction as Nitish’s popularity soared sky-high in the assembly election in Bihar
Cross voting saved Congress in Assam while Bodoland demand haunted local elections.
Rajya Sabha Elections saw the ruling Party consolidate its position while in Panchayat election in UP, Jharkhand and Gujarat also had similar showings by the ruling party. It was only in Kerala that the ruling party LDF was beaten by UDF.
Narendra Modi along with Central BJP was defensive on the issue of Amit Shah who was arrested by CBI.
While Manmohan Singh declared that his cabinet is more cohesive than Nehru’s, ordinary man felt him to be remote controlled by Sonia Gandhi.
There was also political comic in Rae Bareili when a bridge was to be inaugurated by Sonia Gandhi. Acting quick and fast Mayawati sent one of her legislators to cut the ribbon befor e Sonia could arrive
IPL led to lots of politicking with the departure of Shashi Tharoor and bruising of Sharad Pawar’s image
The new President of BJP Gadkari rose to fame in no time when he called Lalu-Mulayam as boot-lickers of Sonia Gandhi this year.
The year also saw lots of rallies and protest on account of unprecedented price rise with the price of onion touching the ceiling at the close of the year.
J & K remained disturbed with many lives lost in staged stone-pelting while three high profile interlocutors were put on the job of resolving the issue
India began epic census with the private sector czar Nandan Nilkeni heading the biomentric card. It was also launched in Maharashtra this year.
Bhopal Gas tragedy also hogged the limelight with clamour for Anderson’s extradition getting loud political pitch
Historical Parliament session
Despite wash out of winter session of Parliament year 2010 achieved many milestones in legislative matter
Nuclear liability bill was cleared amidst opposition by many parties. However, excepting Lau and Mulayum most of the leaders supported women reservation bill in the parliament.
If there was some opposition in the passing of Foreign University bill, there was virtual consensus in Food Security bill.
But the major victory for the year had been passing of RTE A ct which allows Indians between the age of 6-14 demand education as a matter if right.
Coastal Environmental Clearance bill was another achievement of this year
Major Court Verdicts:
Protest to nab the culprit in the Ruchika Girhotra Case intensified and finally led to arresting of high profile police official Shambhu Pratap Singh Rathore (S.P.S. Rathore) in Haryana. On 11 November 2010, the Supreme Court granted bail to S P S Rathore on the condition that he should not leave Chandigarh.
Sixty years after it first went to court, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has pronounced judgment in the Ayodhya title suit, saying Hindus and Muslims are joint title holders.
The three-judge bench - comprising Justice S U Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice D V Sharma - ruled in a majority judgment 2:1, that there be a three-way division of the disputed land - one-third for the Sunni Waqf Board, one-third for the Nirmohi Akhara and one-third to the party for 'Ram Lalla'.
Kasab gets death sentence
On May 3, 2010, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving militant of deadliest Mumbai attack on November 26, 2008, was convicted by a session court for waging war on India, possessing explosives, murder and other charges.
On May 6, 2010, the same trial court sentenced him to death on four counts and to a life sentence on five other counts.
Supreme Court upholds HC verdict in Jessica Lall case
On the 19th April 2010, the Supreme Court of India has approved the life sentence for the guilty.
The two judge bench upholding the judgement of the Delhi High Court stated that, "The prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the presence of Manu Sharma at the site of the offence"
In one of the land mark judgments SC okayed consensual sex between consenting adults
Foodgrains & PMO
Supreme Court also rapped Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar over rotting foodgrains. The apex court also pulled out PMO over 2G Scam
Indian Railways run over 19,000 trains every day. But the year will be known for major train mishaps.
On July 19, 2010: In the early hours of Monday, the Sealdah-bound Uttar Banga Express rammed into the Bhagalpur-Ranchi Vananchal Express at Sainthia station in West Bengal, killing 60 passengers and injuring over 150 others.
On May 28, 2010: Suspected Maoist rebels sabotaged a track in West Bengal’s Jhargram area, causing a passenger train to derail and be hit by a cargo train leaving 150 dead.
Jan 2, 2010: Four people were killed and more than 40 others injured in two separate rail accidents due to dense fog in Uttar Pradesh.
On May 22, 2010: The Air India Express Boeing 737-800, which was arriving from Dubai, careered out of control and skidded off the runway moments after it landed at the Mangalore Airport.
Only eight of the 166 passengers and crew survived in the tragedy.
However, several air tragedies avoided due to alert pilots while incidents of bird hits were also reported.
The year 2010 was the witness of several corruption exposures.
2G Spectrum allocation scam, Adarsh Society scam, rotten foodgrain scam, IPL fund irregularities and CWG financial irregularities were the key exposures this year.
The leak of several tapes and influence of lobbying in awarding portfolios were also in the focus.
India attracts world powers:
India emerged as a major global player in this year due to its strong economy growth.
Despite of worst recession, Indian economy growth has attracted top world powers to its soil. US President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Chinese premiere Wen Jiabao and Russina President Dimitry Medvedev visited India to create the business and employment opportunities.
In the year 2010, India also strengthen its UNSC bid and given a clear message that the New Delhi has been on right path to become next big power.
Fiery tongues :
Booker award winner Arundhati Roy sparked off controversy by sharing stage with separatist leader Saiyed Ali Gilani of Hurriyat Conference. Roy’s statement over sovereignty of Jammu and Kashmir landed her in leagal trouble.
Former RSS chief K Sudarshan called Congress president Sonia Gandhi as CIA agent and also raised questions over her paternity.
Congress General secretary Digvijay Singh did it twice this year. He delivered unwantede statement over 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare and RSS link with terrorism.
Home Minister P Chidambaram added more fuel into unstoppable crime graph in the national capital. He blamed migrants for the rising crime rates in the capital.
Bala Saheb Thackeray attacked Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Rahul Gandhi. Thackeray asked Shah Rukh to leave India for participating in a cultural event in Pakistan. Thackeray blamed Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi for Bihar election rout.