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By Harshmeet Singh

As a country, 2015 has been an extremely eventful year. There were some amazing highs which were averaged out by a number of lows. From banning anything remotely offensive to showing solidarity with the fellow countrymen at the time of natural crises, we added a number of new chapters to the nation’s history.

But to end the year on a cheerful note, we would prefer concentrating on the positives. The year 2015 brought with itself a number of moments that took India’s stature to new heights. Let’s revisit the top seven moments of 2015 that made India proud and cherish them before we start 2016 with a clean slate.

  1. The first all women contingent at the Republic Day parade

This year’s Republic Day Parade was in the news for multiple reasons. Barack Obama, during his second visit to India, became the first US President to attend India’s Republic Day Parade as the guest of honor. But what made this parade really special was the participation of first ever all women contingent. Women officers from all the three arms of the military took part in the parade, whose theme was “Women Empowerment.”

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On January 25, Wing Commander Puja Thakur became the first woman to command the guard of honor for President Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  1. Chennai boy becomes the CEO of Google

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Sundar Pichai became a household name not just in India, but in many other countries including the USA. The IIT Kharagpur engineer took over as the CEO of Google on October 2, 2015. Previously, he had played a key role in the development of a number of Google’s flagship products including Android, Google Drive, and Google Chrome.

  1. Air Force to induct female fighter pilots
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On October 8, Air Force Day, air-chief Arup Raha announced the plans to allow the induction of women fighter pilots in the Air Force. Till now, women Air Force officers have only been employed in office work and navigation. Women have also flown cargo planes and helicopters in the past, but have been kept away from the fighter planes.

  1. Sania Mirza reaches the pinnacle and stays there

2015

The year 2015 saw Sania Mirza setting out on a dream run along with her doubles’ partner, Martin Hingis. The duo ended the year as the world number one team, with 10 titles in their kitty, including the Wimbledon and the US Open.

  1. Society accepts transgender people

The year saw frequent rallies and pride parades in support of transgender people in different parts of the country. Though these rallies weren’t new, the professional success of Madhu Kinnar and Manabi Bandhyopadhyay raised great hopes.

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Madhu Kinnar became India’s fifth transgender mayor after winning the Raigarh Municipal elections while running as an independent candidate. Dr. Manabi Bandhyopadhyay became the first transgender college principal in the country after she was offered the post at Krishnagar Women’s College.

  1. Magsaysay award for Sanjiv Chaturvedi
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Indian Forest Services officer of the 2002 batch, Sanjiv Chaturvedi is known for unearthing corruption with every new posting. He was rewarded with frequent transfers, suspensions and false cases. The Magsaysay award foundation awarded him with the prestigious award for “his exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly investigating corruption in public office, and his resolute crafting of programme and system improvements to ensure that government honorably serves the people.”

  1. 21 June is now the ‘world yoga day’

2015

The UN accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal of naming 21st June as the ‘world yoga day.’ June 21, 2015 saw millions of people practicing yoga in different parts of the world. PM Modi led from the front and practiced Yoga at Delhi’s Rajpath along with more than 35 thousand people. The gathering at Rajpath also found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest yoga camp.

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What's Common To Virat Kohli, Sania Mirza, Rajnikanth And Other Celebs? Flickr

Life insurance is no big deal, but getting your body parts or other attributes insured is quite wacky. For celebrities, their bodily features serve as their means of livelihood and fame. So, it is only natural that they would be protective of their ‘assets’. With the buzz around Indian skipper, Virat Kohli getting his beard insured, the trend is gaining quite a momentum in India. Though, it has already been in practice in the West, with celebrities like Miley Cyrus (she got her tongue insured), Jennifer Lopez (has her voluptuous booty insured), Daniel Craig (got his whole body insured), and many others popularising the latest fad, Indian celebrities are joining their Western counterparts in protecting their features, too.

John Abraham

The handsome hunk, John Abraham, who gave us a tantalizing butt view in Dostana not only had his female friends ogling but also arrested the attention of an international insurer. They offered to ensure the Bollywood star’s derrière for a whopping Rs 10 crore to which he responded positively. Well, it is an ass-et and most expensive butt in Bollywood

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Sunny Deol

Known for his ‘dhai kilo ka haath’, Sunny Deol got his voice and dialogue style copyrighted instead. Because he was disappointed when his voice and dialogue delivery was adopted for mimicry, which far exceeded permissible levels according to him.

Rajnikanth

There is nothing that Rajnikanth can’t do, especially in his films. Speak of Thalaiva and even the earth stands still (pun intended of course). The actor who, even today, has a crazy fan following, has got his voice insured and patented, followed by a petition he filed against a production house for personality right violation.

 Amitabh Bachchan

The Big B, Amitabh Bachchan, got really upset when he found out that the voice artists were using his baritone without the permission to sell certain products that he didn’t quite approve of. So, it was buzzed that Amitabh wants to get his voice copyrighted. Hence, Mr Bachchan got his voice tone insured and patented.

it was buzzed that Amitabh wants to get his voice copyrighted
it was buzzed that Amitabh wants to get his voice copyrighted. flickr

Priyanka Chopra

Everybody is aware of Priyanka Chopra’s pouty smile on which she has drawn up a copyright. As she seems to be of the opinion that her smile is very much her own, and no one has the right to copy it after she discovered the wrong ways of it getting used by doctors promising young girls to achieve ‘Priyanka Chopra Smile’ after necessary surgical tweaking.

Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City.
Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City.
 Mallika Sherawat

Known for her hourglass figure, Mallika Sherawat went a step ahead of all the other Bollywood divas and got her whole body insured. It is also believed that the actress spends hours on her body to keep it flawless.

Sania Mirza

Ace tennis player, Sania Mirza has reportedly got her hands insured, which are her greatest assets. Because tennis is a tough game and it involves a lot of hand movements and mind presence. Plus, we all have seen her create magic by winning trophies for the country.

Lata Mangeshkar

Known as the second nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar has given a number of hits and even lent her voice to generations of actresses since 1940s. While the amount remains unknown, it has been confirmed that she has got her melodic voice insured.

Lata Mangeshkar has got her melodic voice insured
Lata Mangeshkar has got her melodic voice insured. Flickr

Vijender Singh

India’s ace pugilist, Vijender Singh got his power-packed hands insured, as those are his main weapons in the game. The decision came after his medal-winning performance in 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Rakhi Sawant

The controversial, outspoken actress, dancer, model and host, Rakhi Sawant loves herself more than anything else and everyone is well aware of it. In order to keep herself sexy always, she has apparently insured her derriere. (IANS)