2006 was a year when the relatively late bloomer India truly and firmly arrived on the global mindscape. Personally, I also decided to draw my sphere of influence sharply, hence did not really follow subjects which I possibly cannot comprehend, and definitely can never influence (for instance, the Indo-US nuclear deal). For an highly opinionated person, that was a paradigm shift.
So here goes my recap of the Year 2006.
Legislation of the Year: The "Right to Information Act", better than the still unproven "Rural Employment Guarantee Act".
Negligence of the Year: 18-year old Javed Ahmed escaped from a fire, that killed almost fifty people at the Meerut Trade Fair, unhurt. Yet, he went back to successfully rescue six kids trapped, suffering massive burns himself. He was kept alive for three days in a hospital at Meerut. Later, for better treatment, he was shifted to the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi. There, he succumbed to his injuries within nine hours, apparently due to lack of oxygen at the hospital.
Scare of the Year: Ten airplanes to be blown up over the Atlantic. Thanks to the buggers, I was not allowed lip-gels on-board and had to suffer chapped lips in all my flight trips.
Cinematic Performance of the Year: Joint winners - Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed, and Saif Ali Khan portrayal of Shakespeare's Iago in Omkara.
Sporting Team of the Year: Cricket Australia. Ten out of Ten Tests won, beginning with making an ass of Graeme Smith in Sydney, and threatening to whitewash the short-term Ashes holders at Melbourne. Ricky Ponting declared he wanted to win the elusive Champions' Trophy, and what a surprise, managed to do so, even after Glenn McGrath had been pasted by Gayle in the Finals. However, the real challenge - for domination, not necessarily success - will begin now, when Warne and McGrath are no longer around.
Concern of the Year: Endulkar?