Events that changed India in 2019
A look at the most important events that changed India in the year 2019:
January: 10% reservation quota for economically weaker section granted to provide equal opportunities in higher education and employment to those who have been excluded by virtue of their economic status. The limit for eligibility for this class has been fixed at INR 8 lakhs per family.
February: A convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu- Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber near Pulwama District. India retaliated the attack by carrying out Balakot (Pakistan) strike by crossing the line of control against a terrorist training camp.
March: India became 4th nation to test an anti-satellite missile codenamed mission Shakti. It is considered the last big breakthrough in Indian Missile technology.
May: A second clear mandate for Narendra Modi led NDA government. The victory cemented the leader as the country’s most formidable politician in decades.
July: India banned triple Talaq, a custom wherein a Muslim man could divorce his wife simply by saying the Arabic word for divorce three times. It is now made punishable by law.
August: Article 370 and article 35A revoked from constitution of India that gave special status to J&K. Government also bifurcated J&K and Ladakh into separate Union Territories.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the four major bank mergers which is seen as a major step in reshaping the Indian economy.
September: India’s second lunar exploration mission is partially successful. With the payload of completely home-grown technologies, it will help us to gain a better understanding of the origin and evolution of Moon.
October: Kartapur corridor made visa-free border crossing, allowing Indian citizens to visit the Gurudwara Sahib Sikh Shrine.
November: India’s Supreme Court rules in favor of building Ayodhya temple, thus bringing an end to more than a century long dispute. In a unanimous verdict, the UP Sunni Central Wakf Board was given five acres of alternative land to build a mosque.
The Hyderabad gang rape case which came as a jolt to the whole nation, surfaced. All four accused were killed in an encounter, an investigation into which is still being probed.
December: Both houses passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill(2019) that seeks provided immunity to illegal migrants from 3 neighboring countries. Widespread protests broke out across the nation against it and petitions are listed for hearing on Jan’22, 2020.