The year of the lord, 2008, has seen terror in Bombay, of course. But it has also seen massive floods in Bihar. It has seen inflation in double digits, and jobs in danger. It has seen communal flare-ups in Orissa and Karnataka. It has seen the stock markets return to earth. Etcetera. Indeed, as the year winds to a close, 2008 also sees India veering dangerously close to war, and the India Story that was on everybody’s lips at the start of the year now seems like a horrible cliche.
Is 2008 the worst year in our history, our annus horribilis? How does it compare with 1948 or 1984?