India had struggled and battled with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the year ends, the threat of the new Omicron variant dominates enormously over the country and worldwide.
However, there were articles of victory, honesty and goodness that gave us hope in the year which was compressed with uncertainty.
Here are some of those stories of respectability and victory:
1. As per several reports and articles, Gurdwaras across the Delhi-NCR had provided oxygen to Covid-19 sufferers as hospitals battled with crucial shortages during the second wave of the pandemic that was dominated by the delta variant. One gurdwara was also delivered to fill up oxygen cylinders for free.
2. Humans of Bombay featured the story of a woman named Heena Mandavia earlier in May and her son Harsh, who had distributed over 22,000 meals in the city amidst the Covid-19 crisis.
3. India has earned a milestone of administering 100 crore covid vaccine doses in October. Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed gratitude to the frontline workers for the juncture and congratulated the country. The Covid-19 vaccination drive had started earlier in January.
4. Transgender folk dancer, Matha B Manjamma Jogati, environmentalist Tulsi Gowda and Harekala Hajabba, who is an orange merchant from Karnataka, were among the heroes of the Padma Shri honour in November and India celebrated the choices for the nation’s fourth-highest civilian award.
5. Matilda Kullu, a health employee based in Odisha was featured in Forbes magazine’s W-Power 2021 list for her exceptional job during the pandemic in the state.
Kullu informed Forbes India that she and her colleagues had to go door-to-door to educate and inform people about the deadly virus and added “People used to run away from Covid tests, it was really hard to make them understand.”
6. India’s Neeraj Chopra had won a historic and unforgettable gold medal in athletics at the Tokyo Olympic Games in August as he outperformed the men’s javelin throw final.
While the country's men's hockey team defeated Germany in their third-place match to grab the bronze medal and end the country's 41-year wait for an Olympic medal in the Olympics.
7. India's Harnaaz Sandhu was crowned Miss Universe 2021 on December 13. The 21-year-old young woman from Punjab has brought home the title 21 years after Bollywood actress Lara Dutta became Miss Universe in 2000.