The 2018 Indian Politics

By Vedant Upadhyay

The year 2018 proved to be an extremely successful year for India in every

aspect. Being it Defense, Police, Trade and Commerce and what not.


Israeli Prime Minister brought the New Year with him by making his visit to India

along with his wife. In his visit, he addressed some business summit and also talked about the strengthening relations with India. He gifted Indian Prime Minister a mobile machine which could convert the salty water of the ocean into the drinkable one. In a deal, India signed to purchase 200,000 such machines for the benefit of the country. Internationally, Mr. Prime Minister has grown into one of the strongest leaders and has also succeeded in improving the image of the country worldwide. Last year, it was one of the few moments in the history of India when the newly elected Prime Minister of Maldives invited Indian Prime Minister to attend his oath ceremony. The ‘2+2’ talks

between India and the USA are a piece of clear evidence that India and USA jointly want to succeed. The result of which has been seen when the USA exempted India from

the sanctions it imposed on Iran.


The internal affairs of India have also been interesting throughout the year.

The three pillars of democracy gave some decisions and initiated some drives

which affected the country as a hole whether positively or negatively. The

judiciary passed some verdicts like The Aadhar Amendment Act, the verdict of

Section 377 and Section 497, i.e. Adultery, which majority of people never

thought would happen. Landmark judgments of some cases like the case of

Sikh Riots and the case of Yakub Memon reassured the people of India that

Judiciary still has a strong clutch in the system of India. Other than this,

Judiciary also justified its role when it intervened in the matter of the executive

and gave a green signal to the Modi Government to proceed with the Rafale

Deal.


On the other hand, Legislature proved its equivalency by passing the SC/ST

Amendment Bill in spite of the Supreme Court’s stay order. Other than this the

House of Commons experienced yet another incident in the year 2018. A no-

confidence motion was raised by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which apparently

failed due to NDA’s clear majority in the house. In the Rajya Sabha as well, the

issues of Cauvery water dispute was discussed at large but the result was in

vain as AIADMK and Congress walked out of the house.


Modi Government’s different schemes like Namami Gange and Ayushmaan Bharat showed a drastic change and were seen fulfilling their purposes. Under the Namami Gange scheme of the government, the Ganga was cleaned at a stretch of 3000

kilometers and Dolphins were seen after a long time near Rishikesh. Under the

scheme of Ayushmaan Bharat, around 30,000 patients were benefitted.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna was declared as an unopposed scheme of the

year. There have merely been consecutive years in the history of India when

there have not been the elections. This year as well people of five states got a

chance to elect their leaders for the next five years. These states include

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram. In the

states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh; Congress managed to

gain a majority with chief ministers as Ashok Gehlot, Kamalnath and Bhupesh

Baghel respectively. The state of Telangana chose Telangana Rashtra Samiti

with K. Chandrashekhar Rao as the chief minister and the state of Mizoram

chose Mizo National Front with Zoramthanga as the chief minister. The

Bharatiya Janta Party lost power in three states. But still, 2019 is dicey as India is

heading towards the general elections.


This year was not very stable for the ‘chiefs’ of different organizations. Justice

Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as the 46 the Chief Justice of India on 2 and October

succeeding Justice Deepak Misra. On the other hand, Mr. Sunil Arora took

charge as the 23 rd Chief Election Commissioner of India succeeding Mr. Om

Prakash Rawat. The Reserve Bank of India governor Mr. Urjit Patel also resigned

from his post stating the reason to be something personal. The new person

appointed as the Governor is Mr. Shaktikant Das. Other than this, there have

been changes in the Managing Directors and CEOs as well. Recently, Amitabh Chaudhry was appointed as the CEO of Axis Bank. Indu Malhotra became the first woman

lawyer to be appointed as a judge in Supreme Court.


The economy of India is one aspect which brings a smile on almost everyone’s

face. This year the Indian economy was ranked 6th leaving behind the economy of

France. The State Bank of India opened its UK subsidiary with a capital of 225

Million Pounds. India ranked 1 st in oil import from Iraq as Iraq happens to be

the only country to trade with India in terms of rupees. There has been a

significant increase in the number of taxpayers from 2.5 crores to 7 crores.

The defense sector of India has also developed significantly in the year 2018.

INS Arihant becomes India’s first nuclear submarine to complete its trial. It

would be deployed in the Indian Navy in the year 2020. India has also successfully tested Brahmos missile. It is a proud moment for Indians that Indian Military ranked 4 the strongest in the world with the USA at the top. A group of seven Naval lady officers successfully completed the circumnavigation. They took a round of all the oceans of the planet and returned back to India. This project was named TARINI.


On the other hand, the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs announced to build

a Sports University for the students interested in sports. Mr. Prime Minister

inaugurated the 182-meter tall Statue of Unity on 31 st October and it was open

to the public from 1 st November.


With the occurrence of several games, 2018 has been flooded with sports

events. Deepa Malik became Rank 1 in Asia in Javelin F-53 Category. In the

Common Wealth Games 2018 (CWG 2018) held in Australia, India won a total

of 66 medals wherein we managed to get 26 Gold, 20 Silver, and 20 Bronze. On

the other hand, in the Asian Games held in Jakarta, India got a total of 69

medals wherein we got 15 Gold, 24 Silver and 30 Bronze. PV Sindhu was

chosen as India’s Flag-Bearer at the CWG 2018. India won U-19 Cricket

World Cup defeating Australia. Pankaj Advani wins Asian Billiards Championship Title and Vishwanathan Anand won Tal Rapid Chess Title. India also beat Pakistan to lift the Snooker World Cup Trophy. Indian Women Cricket team was awarded as the team of the year by the International Sports Council.


Every chain has a dark side, a sad side rather. This year also we lost some

respected personalities. This year we lost Sridevi on 24 February, who was

truly an asset for the film industry. The other person whom we lost was our

former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 16 the August, just one day

after the Independence Day. He was an asset for the nation and his loss cannot

be compensated. The year took Kader Khan with it. On 31 st December, the

writer of dialogues in more than 300 films and the cast of more than 500 films

took his last breadth in Canada.


We learned a lot of good things from 2018 and 2019 is not an exception. It is very

rightly said that success is a journey and not a destination. We should welcome

every year as a fresh and a year full of opportunities and should enter in it with

a spirit to prove yourself.



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