Every year thousands of events take place across the world. But only a few of them are worth memorizing. These events are related to different fields such as sports, crime, entertainment and politics. And it is because of the people associated with these events and the extent of the hype of these events that they become extremely popular in the common eye. Today we will talk about the eight most memorable moments that changed Delhi forever. These events have changed the history of Delhi, and some of them have the potential to change the future of Delhi as well. So without wasting any further time, let’s get started.
1. The Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi
Also known as the father of the nation, Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi was given the title of Mahatma by Ravindra Nath Tagore. This was because of his exemplary contribution towards India’s struggle for freedom. His work ethics were praised by many and his mantra of non-violence was cherished by a lot of people. But there were some forces who opposed his ideology. One of those forces was Nathuram Godse. Nathuram Godse was against the ideas put forth by Mahatma Gandhi, and on the 30th day of January 1948, he gunned him down. The entire country went into a state of shock when the news became public. This assassination remains one of the most high profile assassinations in the history of India. If it were not for this incident, Delhi would have never had Rajghat built in it. Rajghat is the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi.
2. The Assassination of Indira Gandhi
Another political assassination which was motivated by rage, hatred and vengeance. One of India’s most influential political figures and first woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi (daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru) was shot dead in broad daylight. And you would think that this assassination was inspired by the plot of a movie since the gunners were no other than her bodyguards. Two bodyguards who belonged to Sikh community were upset by her certain actions against the community, and when they could not bring themselves to peace with this situation, they chose violence. Indira Gandhi was killed in October 1984 but she will be forever remembered for her contribution towards the development of the nation.
3. 2011 Indian Anti-corruption Movement
The 2011 Indian Anti-corruption Movement is one of the most famous modern day movements which was led by Anna Hazare. The movement aimed at eliminating corruption from all the sectors of the Indian government. It was asked that corruption should be removed from all the sectors of the government, regardless of whether it was judiciary, executive or legislative corruption.
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4. Delhi Rape Case
In December 2012, a girl was brutally raped by a group of men in the dark of the night in a moving bus in the city of Delhi after they beat up her male friend. These animals did not just stop at violating the dignity of an innocent soul, they violated her body in ways unimaginable to a sane person. They inserted a rod in her private part which ultimately became the reason for her demise. The case deserved all the hype it received, and the perpetrators were punished accordingly.
5. Murder of Jessica Lal
This is yet another high profile case which changed the face of Delhi. A 34 years old model with the name Jessica Lal was killed by Manu Sharma in a club. Jessica Lal worked as a celebrity barmaid there and after a heated argument upon serving alcohol to the man in question. Manu Sharma and his accomplices fled the scene after doing the deed.
6. Batla House Encounter
Batla House Encounter was the result of an counter-terrorist operation carried out by Delhi Police in September 2008. Two terrorists of Indian Mujahideen and one police inspector were killed in this encounter. The event generated a lot of heat back in the days and people began to question the integrity of the police department as a result.
7. Burari Mass Suicide
Burari Mass Suicide is the name of the event in which eleven people of the same family died by suicide in 2018. The youngest son of the second generation of this family was considered the brains behind this incident.
8. 2001 Attack on Indian Parliament
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Terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked the Indian parliament house and killed 9 of our people. This event told the world that terrorism must be stopped together.
Upon going through the events mentioned above, you will observe that most of them were triggered emotions. There are a lot of reasons why we must not let our emotions control our actions, because our actions might trigger a chain of small events which will come together to form a bigger event with drastic impact.
The bottom-line here is that the events mentioned above changed Delhi, and it is not quite unlikely that these events will not take place anywhere else. Something similar like them will take place in different cities across the world, and these things will certainly change the face of those cities.