All of a sudden 2010 is past us, and it is time to look back at the year gone by. To many in India, it was, more than anything else, a year when greed and corruption seeped out of every arm of the state. If it wasn’t manifest earlier, 2010 made it visible to all. It was the year of an upsurge in Maoist violence, and one in which we did little about it. But 2010 also saw the Indian economy shake off the fallout from the global financial crisis, and India seemed to fare better on the world stage than ever before.
It is difficult to make predictions based on all this. In the south, the Telangana statehood movement in Andhra Pradesh threatens to create ruptures. At the Centre, a definitive turn towards socialism could shackle much-needed growth. And unless corruption and violence are adequately addressed, they could rock many of the institutions we hold dear.
But today, 1 January 2011, none of these should mar our expectations from the year ahead.