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    2010: Events that shaped India this year

    Events that shaped India this year the 2010

    2010 has been a tumultuous year for India. Even as the country was rocked by massive scams forcing the Central Government to take action against its leaders and ministers, it managed to charm US President Barack Obama who came to India with his wife. While Naxals emerged as a major threat to internal security, one of the poorest state of the country, Bihar, showed that development has become a major election issue relegating caste and community affiliations to the background. India also saw one of the worst air crashes in the beginning of the year.

    Dantewada massacre

    In this picture: Chhattiagarh politicians and security officials pay homage to CRPF jawans killed in a Naxal ambush on April 6 in Dantewada.

    Naxals have become the biggest security threat in the last couple of years. Well-armed and highly motivated, the rebels have been targeting security forces regularly in their bastion. On April 6, 75 CRPF jawans and one Chhattisgarh policeman were massacred in Dantewada. On May 17, over 40 CRPF jawans were killed after a powerful bomb ripped through a bus they were travelling in in Chhattisgarh.

    CWG scam

    While New Delhi managed to put up a spectacular show during the Commonwealth Games, allegations of corruption marred the mega sporting event.

    Obama visit

    In this picture: US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are greeted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi.

    US President Barack Obama charmed India and endorsed New Delhi's bid for a permanent seat at the United Nation Security Council. He also stayed at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, one of the places attacked by Pakistani terrorists during November 2008.

    Mangalore crash

    In this picture: People look at the Air India Express flight that crashed in Mangalore.

    A Mangalore bound Air India Express flight coming in from Dubai with 166 people on board crashed early on May 22 killing 158 people. The Air India Express IX-812, operated by a Boeing 737-800, had 160 passengers and six crew members on board overshot the touchdown point on the Mangalore airport runway by 2000 feet on Saturday at 6:30 AM while attempting to land.

    JD(U)-BJP landslide win in Bihar

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, center, displays the victory sign during a press conference after his National Democratic Alliance won the state elections, in Patna on November 24, 2010. Kumar won a landslide re-election victory after a campaign that emphasised his efforts to bring development to Bihar and broke away from traditional caste-based politics.

    Andhra crisis and Jagan defiance

    YS Jaganmohan Reddy, center, greets supporters at his residence after he resigned from the Congress and quit his Parliament seat in Hyderabad on November 29, 2010. Reddy is the son of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekara Reddy, who died in a helicopter crash 14 months back.

    Honour killings

    In this picture: Twenty-two-year-old Pinku and 20-year-old Monica were found hanging from a tree in Bhiwani. They belonged to the same caste. Six of Monica's relatives including her mother have been booked for killing the duo.

    Fake encounters

    In this picture: Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi who were allegedly killed in a fake encounter by Gujarat Police. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's close aide and former state home minister Amit Shah has been accused of masterminding Sohrabuddin's killing by claiming that he was a terrorist.

    Caste census
    In this picture: A group of Brahmins wearing the "janeu", also called "yagnopavit" (sacred thread) perform prayers in a temple on the occasion of the Raksha Bandhan festival in Ahmedabad.

    The Union Cabinet has decided to hold a caste-wise headcount, the first since 1931, which will be conducted from June-September in 2011 after the regular enumeration is over.
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