One of the first people who taught humankind the virtue of Thankfulness was Gautam Buddha, way back in the 6th Century, B. C. Since then, the joy of gratitude has taken many forms. Some offer prayers and perform elaborate rituals to offer gratitude while others feast in lip-smacking food (read Turkey) and drinks to celebrate one day completely dedicated to prosperity, wholesomeness and homecoming.
Although the concept of celebrating the Thanksgiving Day is very new in India, Indians are known to be the most virtuous among all the races. So this year on Thanksgiving, how about we look back at the events which all of us should definitely be thankful for.
1. A simple girl from a male-dominated state of Haryana, Sakshi Malik won the Olympic Bronze Medal in the 58-Kg weightlifting category, shortly after which P V Sindhu became a household name with her Olympic silver at the Rio Olympics 2016.
2. Indian athletes with physical disabilities shone bright at the Paralympics 2016, held shortly after the Rio Olympics this year. Mariyappan Thangavelu, Devender Jhajharia, Deepa Malik and Varun Bhati secured two gold, one silver and one bronze medal respectively.
3. Amitabh Bachchan and Shoojit Sarkar came together for PINK, a bold thriller drama that opened up the conversations women in India want to have. On the other hand, two controversial releases “Udta Punjab” and “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” were able to bring the entire film fraternity together for their releases.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio, the actor who has given us unforgettable power packed performances in Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, Shutter Island, Inception and The Wolf of Wall Street finally won THE Oscar for Best Actor of 2016 for ‘The Revenant’.
5. A musician par excellence, an iconic song writer who’s been a living legend to the world and a true messenger of peace … Bob Dylan won the Noble Prize for Literature while Pottermania has been galore with the release of J K Rowling’s 8th installment “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.
6. The US, China and India take tougher actions on Global Warming and Climate Change as per the Paris Climate Conference of 2015 for which Narendra Modi has committed to produce 40% of the nation’s electricity through renewable energy sources.
7. An aircraft completely powered by solar energy was launched successfully as The Earth’s First Solar Circumnavigator. As of March 2016, the Indian Space Missions stand at 57 successful satellite launches.
8. Researchers have successfully devised a stem-cell treatment method for multiple sclerosis – a muscle disease debilitating patients in response to genes that direct the immune cells towards muscle degradation. Also, scientists at the have been able to make terminally paralytic patients walk using virtual-reality headsets and football games.
9. The Indian Army successfully conducted surgical strikes and made a befitting reply to the Pathankot and Uri terror attacks.
10. The RBI gets a powerful new governor Mr. Urjit Patel, who succeeded Dr. Raghuram Rajan. With this news, the faith of the masses was restored in the Indian economy.
11. The 2016 Presidential election saw a record of 5 Indian Americans being elected to the US Congress. Kamala Harris was elected to the American Senate, while Amit Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna have been elected to the House of Representatives.
12. Narendra Modi announced on the evening of 8th November 2016, the boldest move of demonetization to curb the black money menace. High currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 suddenly became bits of paper for the whole country.