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#10. Upwardly mobile and rising (2010-)

Over the last decade and a bit, cellphones in India have turned from a rich man's plaything to a necessity as vital as drinking water or breathable air -- and possibly more easily procurable, too! India is second only to China in the number of mobile phone connections and has the cheapest mobile data rates in the world. This explosion in mobile services and data access has transformed our vast country with revolutions in connectivity, digital transactions, conventional and social media and life in general.

Decade in Review (2010-2019): Biggest events in India

As we set ourselves to consign another year to its final resting place, it is almost an awakening to note that the next couple of months mark the beginning of not just a new year, but a new decade. We’re older, surely, though not necessarily wiser; we have witnessed change to be wrought to ourselves and our surroundings in a way that only the passage of time can. It would be fitting, thus, to pause and reflect on the past ten years, which — though they seemed to have sped away almost in a trice — were marked by happenings of historic import. Here we look at events that defined the decade of 2010-2019 for Indians — from the 2011 World Cup win to the abrogation of Article 370, to the Supreme Court judgement (a verdict to end all verdicts?) in the century-old Ayodhya dispute.