2012: Two Steps Behind

And 2012 comes to a close — with the door slightly ajar. So many events in the present continuous. So much that will spill into the years to come. A young 23 year-old dies in Singapore. Will we change our laws? Will we hang our rapists? Will we chemically castrate them? Will we respect our women? Will they ever be safe?

I’m an embarrassed Indian. An ashamed Indian male. But I’m not ready to write that article yet. Maybe next year.

What was this year like — some good, mostly bad, vast regression, violence personified.

Illustration/ Amit Bandre

Aam Aadmi drama. Adarsh Housing. Ashok Chavan goes. Alistair cooks India. Anna starves. Baba Ramdev starves. Bolt sprints to a double. Barack sprints to a double. Barfi plagiarises. Barfi, our Oscar entry. Big B turns 70. Coalgate. Cyclone Sandy. Curiosity about Mars. Dara Singh RIP. Dark Knight rises.

Dhoni on fire. Dhoni under fire. Dhoni not fired. Dhoni vs Sehwag. Dhoble gatecrashes. Dravid exits. Drogba scores. Ek Tha Tiger. English Vinglish. FDI.

Fearless Felix. Facebook posts. Facebook censorship.

Facebook stalkers. Gadkari exposes. Gagan Narang. Ganganam style. Gang rapes. Gangs of Wasseypur 1. Gangs of Wasseypur 2. Gayle storm. Gutka banned. Gujarat votes Modi. Guns N Roses. Haves. Have nots. Higgs Boson. iPhone 4. iPhone 4 S. iPhone 5. India Shining. India wining. IOA suspended.

Jaiswal speaks, Kalmadi in jail. Kalmadi out of jail. Kasab in jail. Kasab parties in jail. Kasab out of jail. Kasab gone. Kaka gone. Kejriwal terrorises. Kevin tweets. Kevin dropped. Kevin remorseful. Kevin returns. KKR wins. Khan cartwheels. Lewis Hamilton’s wheels. Life of Pi. Mamata rants. Mamata threatens.

Mamata bans cartoons. Manmohan silent. Manmohan speaks, says “Theek hai”. Mango people. Mallya up. Mallya down. Mallya broke. Mallya bought out. Mary Kom the boxer. Mary Kom the mother. Mayawati out. Messi magic. Memorials in Shivaji Park. Memorials out of Shivaji Park. Minister gaffes. Modi PM?

Mulayam’s UP. Neil Armstrong bids goodbye. OMG. Painted and dented. Palghar girls. Pranab the Prezzie. Ranbir the Rockstar. Ravi Shankar RIP. Rahul, heir apparent. Rajnikant. Rowdy Rathore. Rehman Malik’s rubbish. “Sachin go”. “Sachin stay”. “Sachin play One Day”. Sachin calls it a day. Saif becomes Agent Vinod. Saif gets mad at Wasabi. Saif gets married to Bebo. Satyamev Jayate. Shah Rukh slaps Shirish. Sonia rules. Sania rules. Saina rules. Section 66A. Shaheen Dhanda rules. Talaash suspense. Twitterati. Twitter arrests. Tharoor tweets. Tear gas in Delhi. Vadra in trouble. Vadra cleared. Vicky Donor.

VVS exits. Virat enters. Walmart tries to enter. Water cannons. Whitney gone. Yashji gone. Yuvraj ill. Yuvraj in. Zaheer out.

Rahul da Cunha is an adman, theatre director/playwright, photographer and traveller. Reach him at rahuldacunha62

The views expressed in this column are the individual’s and don’t represent those of the paper. 

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