When the finale of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver aired this past November it outlived all expectations. The episode, first after the results of the Presidential Elections in the United States, was momentous and ended with a montage of many different ways that 2016 completely sucked. “Even though there’s still seven weeks to go, I feel pretty comfortable in calling it: 2016 has been the fucking worst,” Oliver said. Then Amy Schumer said it. Then Larry David. Then Jeffrey Tambor. And Billy Eichner. And Nick Offerman. And Megan Mullally. And now it’s the sassy stand-up comedian Vir Das. Das posted on Facebook:
Vir Das took umbrage, ran through a list of all the shocking, disappointing and outrageous things that have happened in India in 2016 and metaphorically blew it up. The year has been ‘fucking worst’. India had a gloomy year, a real downer politically, musically, and artistically, as well as in a more general, species-wide sense. Our list is comprehensive and you may not gain any closure from this.
The gun battle and the subsequent combing operation lasted about 17 hours on 2 January, resulting in five attackers and three security personnel dead.
Fresh gunshots were heard on 3 January, and another security officer was killed by an IED explosion. The operation continued on 4 January, and a fifth attacker was confirmed killed. Not until a final terrorist was reported killed on 5 January was the anti-terrorist operation declared over, though further searches continued for some time.
While Malda burns
The Kaliachak Riots of Malda, West Bengal on 3 January 2016 sparked when a rally attended by thousands of Muslims turned acrimonious .
JNU Rumbles: The nationalist debate
The protests held by the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University on 9 February 2016 against capital punishment meted out to the 2001 Indian Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat would lead to arrests and political dissent across the entire nation.
Hyderabad Baaqi Hai
Rohith Chakravarti Vemula a PhD student at the University of Hyderabad committed suicide on 17 January 2016. In July 2015 the University reportedly stopped paying him a fellowship of ₹25,000 (US$370) per month after he was found “raising issues under the banner of Ambedkar Students Association (ASA)” as part of institute’s disciplinary inquiry.
Kashmir: Valley of blood, vehemence and brutality
The curfew in the valley that started after Burhan Wani’s encounter would last for 51 long days taking more than hundred lives and injuring 11,000 people.
Billed as ‘non-lethal’ the pellets employed by the armed forces to curb mob violence took the lights of thousands and injured over three thousand.
Eleven days after the Uri attack, the Indian army conducted “surgical strikes” against suspected militants in Pakistani-administered Kashmir. 18 Indian soldiers, 34 Pakistani soldiers, 12 Indian civilians and close to 50 militants lost their in the Line of Control military confrontations that started on 28 September 2016.
Pukhrayan train derailment
The Indore – Rajendra Nagar Express 19321, a train scheduled from Indore to Patna, derailed near Pukhrayan, Kanpur, resulting in at least 150 deaths and more than 150 injuries.
This one is a final nail on the coffin and needs no background or explanation to it. Fuck you 2016!