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2020: The Year of Fuck Ups!

January 1st 2020, marked the start of a ‘fresh out of the plastic’ new decade that many took a gander at with positive thinking and a renewed outlook.

However, with October 2020 advancing, all positive thoughts seem to have evaporated and the same has left us contemplating if this year can deteriorate any further.

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Whether we talk on a global scale or a national scale, it seems like everything awful is coming up this year, in one way or another.

From the most lethal virus known to humankind to forest fires and locust swarms, it would seem that 2020 is the year that Nostradamus’ work has been warning us about, all along.

°NATURAL DISASTERS

After the crazy Locust attack in India and neighbouring countries, people were worried about what was coming next and the same was well within reason.

Various cities in India had been hit by an earthquake during the first half of the year. The country has witnessed 127 mini-earthquakes from Arunachal Pradesh to valleys of Kashmir.

 

The national capital region alone faced about 17 earthquakes.

This was followed by proper fires erupting in the forests of Uttarakhand which caused the state a major loss of life and property.

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Next, cyclone Amphan waltzed into wreaked havoc in West Bengal and Odisha. It was declared as “extremely severe cyclonic storm.” It made landfall in both the states with plentiful downpours, blasting windows and lightning that went on crushing everything that came in its direction, leaving chilling visuals and devastation in its wake.

 

The plot thickened further when weighty downpours in numerous pieces of Assam, a flood circumstance also occurred and quickly spun out of hand not a lot of time after, more than 30,000 people were affected and a sum of 128 towns in eight income circles of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Darrang and Goalpara areas were influenced. Harvests too were majorly influenced by this.

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These natural disasters make the lives of people who are currently taking shelter inside their houses for safety from the pandemic, more difficult along with putting them at constant risk.

There has been a major loss of land and Indian industries are in a bad shape.

°POLICE BRUTALITY AND POLITICAL UNREST

Even in times like these, humans seem to be all riled up and ready to stand for their rights and this is what makes us different. Our empathy and ability to protest for what is, the need of the hour.

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All hell broke loose in the west when an African-American man with the name ‘George Floyd’ was caught with a counterfeit $20 bill and the police used harsh measures against him. His death and the brutality of the policing laced with the reminders of the Colonial past and its racist practices; protests broke all through the west.

The #Blacklivesmatter movements saw people stand beyond the colour of their skin and the entire globe for once, stood together in their capacities to make sure that all lives were appreciated and everyone was treated as equal.

Similar protests took over India.

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They first took place in Delhi because of the government’s decision concerning CAA (citizenship amendment act) and NRC (National register of citizens). These were full of violence, pain, loss, destruction, bloodshed and death. It started a religious war between Hindus and Muslims.

Jamia Millia Islamia college students were thrashed and hurt amidst protest as a result of police brutality and government ignorance. Although, it was luckily contained with time and given the circumstances caused by the pandemic.

°THE PANDEMIC

The downward spiral that is 2020 started back in December 2019, when China saw a rise in cases of a virus which hadn’t affected the humans for quite a while but soon after, it spread everywhere like wildfire. Coronavirus is believed to be closely related to the Swine flu and is believed to have evolved from the same, some people even believe that the whole thing was cleverly thought political step (who knows?)

The Pandemic has brought the world and lives of the common man around the globe to a standstill. It has changed the perception of living life, entirely.

The most advanced mammals on earth are now stuck inside their houses and shelters. Although it seems like we aren’t safe inside our houses as well. Mother nature seems to be in an extremely destructive mode- whether it is humans or wildlife, everything is facing her wrath to the most extreme level. The same caused a lot of death and destruction in the country.

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We ended up losing a lot of great artists to 2020 including legendary actors like Rishi Kapoor and Irfan Khan and politicians like Suresh Angadi, Roza Vidyadhar Deshpande. A lot of other well-known people tested positive for COVID’19 like the Bachchan family, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Manish Sisodia, Raftaar and Amit Shah.

Furthermore, international figures like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Robert Pattinson, Usain Bolt, Madonna, Idris Elba, Sophie Trudeau and Rudy Gobert were also affected by the virus.

°NEPOTISM AND BOLLYWOOD

When it comes to 2020, Bollywood doesn’t seem to be doing too well either. After the death of Actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14th, the nepotism and favouritism debate in Bollywood was reignited.

The fire was reignited by Kangana Ranaut blaming the death of SSR on nepotism prevalent in Bollywood. She also exclaimed that she herself has faced the same. In fact, in the process of the same, Yash Raj Films and Karan Johar were tagged as the ‘epitome’ and main cause behind of nepotism.

It was revealed that Sushant actually lost a lot of his role offers because of Salman Khan and Karan Johar which riled up his fans and #Justiceforsushant started trending.

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The entire drama took a new face when a proper CBI investigation was initiated surrounding Sushant’s death and his lover and actress, Rhea Chakraborty came ahead with the cause- narcotics. She was arrested and questioned, she and her brother were charged with a case of selling narcotics in Bollywood and causing a lot of drug problems and abuse.

A lot of other names surfaced in the same investigation including Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Mahesh Bhatt.

°THE ENVIRONMENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT

The Ministry of Environment published the Draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 notification for public consultation and the same was done when the whole nation was running to their shelters under a pandemic situation.

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The dates for the same passed under the wraps of the pandemic. There were no comments on the same until recently. In light of the same, multiple petitions from all over the country were filled against the same play of the government.

The draft is believed to have unacceptable dilutions of an already weak EIA framework. It appears to be an attempt to promote the growth of business and corporate communities over that of human rights, environment and biodiversity.

The active involvement of citizens and youth groups led to a major upsurge in the campaign against the Draft EIA 2020 and there were around 2 million responses for the same from the youth which has shocked as well as overwhelmed the government.

The same made them take measures like blocking websites and filed UAPA cases against a few environmental groups which only ended up worsening the whole situation, further.

While the situation seems to have calmed down to give way to some other issues in the agricultural sector. However, the campaign against the Draft EIA 2020 is far from over and with the enthusiasm levels of the protest, it can definitely go a very long and harmful way for the youth as well as the government of India.

°FARM BILLS AND ‘RAIL ROKO’

Famers in Punjab’s Amritsar and Firozpur districts have started their three-day ‘Rail Roko’ protest today against the contentious farm sector bills.

The Farmers’ unions in Punjab have called for a state-wide “bandh” on the 25th of September and the 1st of October as a result of which, a total of 14 trains were cancelled.

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This is affecting the state’s connectivity with Mumbai and Nanded in Maharashtra, Kolkata and New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, Jaynagar in Bihar, and Haridwar in Uttar Pradesh and disrupting the daily life of Punjab.

This is affecting the state’s connectivity with Mumbai and Nanded in Maharashtra, Kolkata and New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, Jaynagar in Bihar, and Haridwar in Uttar Pradesh and disrupting the daily life of Punjab.

Farmers have warned that if the government does not repeal these three bills – passed by voice vote amid unprecedented chaos – they will further intensify protests, which have been going on for weeks in the country’s primary wheat and rice-growing states of Haryana and Punjab.

This could mean that the flow of food and crops from Punjab would halt. The same is believed to have covered about 75-80 of food needs in India in 2019 and hence, we could be looking towards a proper disaster if the government chooses to show continued negligence.

The year 2020 has been high on disasters caused by political unrest and slowly but steadily, it seems like the country is losing their faith in the BJP government and being ‘atmanirbhar’ seems to be taking an entirely new and progressive route.

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It is fairly obvious that with all of this, change is inevitable hence we need to realize that safety matters more than money and other materialistic possessions. It is time to Rise and make the best of what we have to offer to each other because, if we work together, we all have the power to push the world back to its feet.

So, what do you think about the crazy year? Could it get any crazier? Let us know your views in the comments section below!

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