Not as bad as it seems

2012 had its fair share of ups and downs, but be as­sured that there will be many things to look for­ward to in 2013

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NATION -

Even as we step into a shiny New Year, even the most brazen of op­ti­mists among us will find it dif­fi­cult to shrug off 2012 quickly. The last few days of the year were tu­mul­tuous to say the least and its strains will def­i­nitely be heard in the New Year. Like any other year 2012, too, had its fair share of news breaks: the army chief’s age con­tro­versy, Ma­mata Ban­er­jee’s blow-hot, blow­cold per­for­mance, deaths in ac­ci­dents (more than 100 were killed in the As­sam boat tragedy), a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and some as­sem­bly polls (Ut­tar Pradesh and Gu­jarat be­ing the big­gies), more-than-en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mances by In­dian sports­men in the Lon­don Olympics, the rise and rise of so­cial me­dia, trou­bling scenes in Par­lia­ment (when­ever it could meet, that is) — and then even as we were hop­ing that the year would pass off qui­etly came the news of the hor­ren­dous gang rape in Delhi. In be­tween all th­ese roller-coaster news bursts, there was an­other big worry: a sink­ing econ­omy, mak­ing many ask whether the coun­try will truly ever be a break­out na­tion.

Yet, we be­lieve that there will be enough in 2013 to cheer us up. So much so that we have called the spe­cial seven-page pull­out with to­day’s pa­per ‘Lucky 13’, even though the num­ber has devel­oped the rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing un­lucky. Read the spe­cial edi­tion to see what lies ahead for us: chal­lenges as well as hopes. Backed by a 25% rise in key in­dices in the last year and some bold re­forms, the econ­omy looks poised to pick up again; a rol­lick­ing po­lit­i­cal bat­tle (Naren­dra Modi vs Rahul Gandhi) is on the cards and the cash trans­fer scheme may turn out to be the pill that In­dia needs. And then, if ev­ery­thing else fails, there will be Bol­ly­wood and In­dian sports­men to save us from gloom and doom. In the last one year, the Hindi film in­dus­try has reg­is­tered 10-12% growth; in 2013, it is go­ing to grow big­ger, Karan Jo­har as­sures us. An­other prom­ise of bounty comes from rac­quet queen Saina Ne­hwal who says she will try to win as many tour­na­ments pos­si­ble.

We wish you, dear read­ers, a very Happy New Year with a re­minder of what a TV diva once said: “Cheers to a New Year and an­other chance for us to get it right.”

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