2009 : INDIA IN IMAGES
India has had its moments in 2009 -- some painful, some memorable.
A look back at the events that captured the minds of the nation.
Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz walks in front of a wall with
bullet holes at Nariman House in Mumbai on November
26, 2009. Nariman House, home to the Mumbai chapter of
the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish movement, was one of 10
sites attacked by gunmen during a 60-hour siege in the
city that began on November 26, 2008.
Smoke and flames billow from Indian Oil Corporation's fuel
depot as a body of a victim lies in Sitapura industrial
area in the outskirts of Jaipur on October 30, 2009.
ns on the
on July 2,
A court ruling declared that gay sex was not a crime. The
verdict bolstered demands by gay and health groups that
the government scrap a British colonial law, which
banned homosexual sex.
A celestial show.
People watch the
solar eclipse at
village, 57 km
south of Siliguri
on July 22, 2009.
A total solar eclipse began its flight across a narrow swathe
of Asia, where hundreds of millions of people watched
the skies darken despite thick summer clouds.
'Young' bride and
Mamta, 9, rides
pillion with her
Singh, 14, after
their wedding in
A large proportion of women in India were married when
they were still children, a study has found, and
researchers warned that such unions carried higher
risks of unwanted pregnancies and female sterilisation.
Shoe Shocked - Jarnail Singh, a
journalist, throws his shoe at
Home Minister P Chidambaram
during a news conference in
New Delhi on April 7, 2009.
A Sikh journalist did so after
getting angry with the
minister's reply to a question
about the 1984 riots in which
hundreds of Sikhs were killed.
The shoe missed Chidambaram,
who leaned back to avoid it. He
later smiled and security guards
took the reporter out of the
Chidambaram at the receiving end.
Rahul Gandhi, wearing a
traditional headgear, waves to
his supporters during an
election campaign rally in
Churachandpur, near Imphal on
April 2, 2009.
Gandhi, from India's most
powerful political dynasty and
touted as a future prime
minister, hit the campaign trail
during the Lok Sabha elections
to boost the Congress party's
efforts to regain power.
The 38-year-old Gandhi, whose
father, grandmother and great
The rise of Rahul Gandhi.
grandfather were all prime
ministers, has become a key tool
of Congress to win over youth as
and millions of poor villagers.
Honouring a slain
Not just a martyr - People carry the coffin containing the body
of Shabir Ahmad Malik, a Kashmiri Muslim soldier from the
Indian Army, in Dab, near on March 24.
Four soldiers, including Malik and five militants lost their
lives in a firefight with terrorists. People carry the coffin
containing the body of Shabir Ahmad Malik, a Kashmiri
Muslim soldier from the Indian Army.
A proud father
'Slumdog' honour: Rafiq Asghar Ali Quereshi, father of Rubina Ali
who acted as the character of young Latika in the filmSlumdog
Millionaire, watches the 81st Academy Awards presentation on
television at his house in Mumbai on February 23.
Rags-to-riches romance Slumdog Millionaire swept the Oscars on
Sunday, winning eight awards -- including the prize for best picture
-- in a Hollywood triumph for a movie that almost failed to get
A new experiment.
Pole experiment: A pole dancer performs during a show in
Lucknow on February 4. The show was organised to
promote pole dancing in India, the organisers said. This is
the first time such an event has been held in the country.
The event drew a sizeable audience, the organisers said.
Taking the bull by the horns
- A bull pins down
villagers during a bull-
taming festival on the
outskirts of Madurai
town on January 15.
The annual bull-taming
festival is celebrated as
part of south India's
harvest festival of
Pongal was banned by
the Supreme Court.
Courtesy: Rediff – Edited by Naresh Kapadia
Jallikattu at Madurai