The year 2020 has brought out the best and the worst of humanity. And so here is a list of the events that have defined the year and will most probably be with us for the rest of our lives. Read on to find out.
I find myself short of words when I try to define the year 2020 for us. The year alone has trembled and shocked us more than the combination of Joker, Mogambo, Shaakal, Gabbar Singh, Darth Vader, Lord Voldemort, and Kancha-Cheena ever did. Every single nation and person on this planet has -and is- facing the wrath of this year.
This year has had more ups and downs than even the stock market. From the US Armed Forces releasing UFO footage to the death of our most beloved artists to the world nearing a global conflict twice in just seven months- it is rather difficult to remember all the mind-boggling events that have happened in a matter of months, and so here is a list of all the events that make 2020, the year of doom.
Jan 1: The year started with huge protests in Hong Kong against the Extradition Bill, with millions taking to the streets. The bill was being forced onto Hongkongers by Communist China in a bid to take away basic freedoms from the people of Hong Kong.
Jan 2: Australia declared a state of National Emergency owing to the Australian Bushfires which gripped the East coast of the island nation, burning a total of 21,340,220 acres (For perspective this is roughly the size of West Bengal).
Jan 3: Iranian General of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, Qasem Soleimani killed in a US Drone strike approved by the US President Donald Trump.
Jan 26: NBA legend Kobe Bean Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant died on this following a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California.
Jan 30: India records its first case of Coronavirus; while WHO shies away from declaring coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and instead calls it a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’.
Jan 30: A Jamia Millia Islamia student, Shadab Farooq, was shot at by 17-year old Ram Gopal during a protest being held by the students of JMI.
Jan 31: The United Kingdom is officially out of the European Union following the deal between Boris Johnson-led Government and the EU, thereby finishing the Brexit process.
Feb 10: South Korean satire comedy film, Parasite wins the Academy Award for the Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.
Feb 11: The infection spread by the SARS-CoV-2 virus named CoVID-19 or CoronaVIrus Disease-19 by the World Health Organisation.
Mar 22: Janata Curfew, the precursor to the nation-wide lockdown, imposed.
Mar 24: Shaheen Bagh sit-in protests cleared by authorities over CoVID-19 spread fears.
Mar 31: The Tablighi Jamaat Super spread event in old Delhi occurs with over 200 people reported positive
Apr 11: Locusts enter India via the western parts of the nation and gradually moving east.
Apr 16: Palghar Mob Lynching takes place at Gadchinchake in Maharashtra, wherein three Hindu Sages or Sadhus of the Juna Akhara order were brutally killed by a mob of over 120 villagers.
Apr 20: Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli claims the coronavirus to be an Indian export to the world while also disrespecting the national emblem of the nation. Subsequently, the Nepalese government also laid claims on over 350 square kilometers of Indian territory near Limpiadhura and Lipulekh in the state of Uttarakhand.
Apr 23: Media baron, Arnab Goswami’s car allegedly attacked by goons. The controversial news anchor blamed the goons to be a part of the Indian National Congress (INC).
Apr 28: The US Military Headquarters, the Pentagon, releases three videos taken by US Air Force and US Navy Pilots of UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects. Thus, confirming the existence of other beings in our universe, it is worth mentioning that these footages were leaked three years before the official release.
Apr 29: Stalwart Indian as well as international actor, Irrfan Khan bids the world goodbye, succumbing to his colon infection. His mother, Saeda Begum had passed away just four days ago in Jaipur.
Apr 30: Veteran Indian Film Industry actor, Rishi Kapoor passes away due to leukemia.
May 7: Gas leak in Vishakhapatnam kills over 13 people as the machinery at various parts of the country fails following the lockdown.
May 20: Cyclone Amphan hits the East coast states of West Bengal, Odisha as well as Bangladesh. The super cyclone destructed over $13.6 Billion worth of property while also killing 128 people.
May 26: US citizen, George Floyd killed in cold blood by the Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck. George Floyd allegedly had used a fake currency note.
Jun 2: Cyclone Nisarga hits the Western coast of India and breaks all hell loose in the state of Maharashtra. The cyclone left a total of six dead and damaged over $665 Million worth of property.
Jun 14: Sushant Singh Rajput dies by suicide in his Mumbai flat reportedly due to severe anxiety and depression. Several theories relating to his death arise in the following days along with the heated debate of Nepotism in the Indian Film Industry.
Jun 15: 20 Army personnel of the 16 Bihar Regiment, along with their Commanding Officer, Colonel B Santosh Babu, at the Galwan Valley clash with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. This was followed by the call for the boycott of Chinese goods and heightened border tension between two Asian giants.
Jun 26: Swarms of Locusts enter the National Capital Region.
Jun 29: 59 Chinese Apps including popular apps like TikTok, Share it and Club Factory banned in India by the government citing lack of security to user data in these apps. This was followed by scrapping contracts of Government projects from Chinese firms.
Jun 30: China passes the Hong Kong National Security Law thereby scrapping all of the basic rights– like the Right to vote and speech- that was enjoyed by the citizens of free Hong Kong.
Jun 31: Indian music composer, Sajid Khan part of the iconic duo Sajid-Wajid, dies due to coronavirus.
July 1: The Russian Federation passes a constitutional amendment which lets President Vladimir Putin stay at his position till 2036. The amendment also bans homosexuality in the nation.
July 3: Eight policemen killed in an ambush by the gangster, Vikas Dubey at Bikru in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
July 3: Famed Indian choreographer, Saroj Khan dies at the age of 71 due to a cardiac arrest at her house in Mumbai.
July 10: Vikas Dubey, the gangster on the run following the ambush on 3rd July is caught by Madhya Pradesh Police in Ujjain. Dubey is subsequently killed by Uttar Pradesh Police in an encounter wherein he was allegedly trying to flee of the convoy that was taking him to Kanpur.
July 19: The state of Assam sees the fury of Brahmaputra, as the river floods have killed over 102 people. Additionally, over 3000 villages and 1.28 lakh hectares of arable land have submerged while 44000 people are in relief camps according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.
I often stumble upon the thought that as much as we may blame this year, nearly all of what is happening during this year is a result of human activities. And I can’t fathom why people continue to believe that only the supreme power will save us. We already know how to save ourselves. Everything is in our hands now, and maybe the creator is just waiting for us to act. ‘The world moves on’, are the only words I can remember in this year of doom.
Feature Image Credits: New York Times
Aniket Singh Chauhan