Ambedkar cartoon row
A Jadavpur University professor
was arrested April 13 for allegedly
posting a derogatory cartoon on a
popular social networking site fea-
turing Chief Minister Mamata
The Lok Sabha was disrupted May
10 after some members protested
against an objectionable cartoon,
ridiculing B R Ambedkar, the father
of the Indian constitution, in school
Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, was
arrested September 8 on sedition for
cartoons that allegedly mocked
India’s national symbols. He was
released after nationwide protests
about the government’s intolerance
Caught in child custody cases
Two non-resident Indian children, who were kept in foster care by Norwegian child welfare authorities for nearly
a year, arrived in New Delhi April 22, after they were
handed over to their paternal uncle. The Norwegian
authorities had taken the children away from the parents,
saying that they were not competent to care for them.
In another incident, December 4, a court in Norway
sentenced an Indian couple to prison terms of over a year
for trying to discipline their seven-year-old son.
dead as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries continued to
flow above the danger mark in July.
In Sikkim flash floods and landslides caused heavy damage and killed about 30 people in September.
Thirty-four people were killed and many went missing
as incessant rains battered Uttarakhand, August 4.
Cyclone Nilam that hit the Tamil Nadu coast October 31
claimed eight lives in the state and three in neighboring
Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone brought heavy showers that
flooded several districts in the two states.
M T Pratibha Cauvery, a cargo ship with a 37-member
crew, ran aground off Chennai’s coast under the impact of
high velocity winds, leaving three crew dead.
Israeli diplomat’s wife injured in car
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Sixteen army personnel, including five officers, were
killed and nine others injured in two avalanches in
Assam faced a grim flood situation with over 100 people
An Israeli diplomat’s wife was injured when a magnetic
bomb stuck to an embassy car in New Delhi exploded
Pakistan Peoples Party President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, second from
left, visited the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer,
Rajasthan, April 8, with his father, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari (not
in the picture)
Victory over polio
India marked a major success in its battle against
polio after the World Health Organization removed
it from the list of countries plagued by the crippling
disease March 9. WHO took the decision after the
country passed one year without registering any
demands for their release, including halting of anti-Maoist operations in the state and the release of jailed
The hostages were released April 12 after the Odisha
government released the wife of a rebel leader.
A Biju Janata Dal lawmaker was also abducted March
24 from the same area and freed after 33 days on the condition that he would resign as a legislator.
Srinagar shrine fire
Agni V fires India into elite
The indigenously developed nuclear-capable mis-
sile, which can hit targets anywhere except for
At least 55 people, including 10 policemen and 15 fire-
fighting personnel, were injured in clashes after a fire gut-
ted a 300-year-old shrine, the Peer Dastageer Sahib, in
Srinagar June 25. Devotees alleged that the fire brigade
arrived at least an hour after the blaze — apparently trig-
gered by a short circuit — was reported.
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Bowing down to protesters — who undertook a jal satyagraha (water protest) in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district
and stood in neck deep water August 24 through September
11 days — the state government agreed to reduce the height
of the Omkareshwar dam on the Narmada river and provide
land to villagers displaced by it.
Maoists on abduction spree
Maoists abducted two Italians from forests in
Kandhamal district, Odisha, March 17, and set
Parliament turns 60
Both Houses of the Indian Parliament held a special session May 13 to mark its 60th anniversary.
Then President Pratibha Devsingh Patil presented
mementos to 92-year-old Rishang Keshing, who was
a member of the first Lok Sabha in 1952.
About 50,000 landless farmers, including tribals from at
least 25 states, began a 217-mile jan satyagraha march from
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, to New Delhi October 3,
demanding land rights. The peasants ended their march
after 9 days in Agra when the Indian government assured
them of a new land policy.