India Rising: Stories From The Last Month That’ll Inspire You (June 2023)

With stories of progress on national and international fronts making the headlines and world leaders admiring our growth, India is undoubtedly a rising star. With our eyes firmly set on a modern future, we are constantly changing, building and growing to reach our potential. In fact, there are many stories from last month itself which are testimony to this fact. 


Read on to know some of the most inspirational stories from the last month (June 2023) below that’ll make you believe that India is Rising. 

1. Bhavani Devi scripts history by becoming the first Indian fencer to win the Bronze medal in Asian Championship 

She bagged the first medal for India in the Asian Fencing Championship in Wuxi, China. Her historic win against world no. 1 Misaki Emura 15- 10 in the quarter-finals guaranteed a medal for India. But in the semifinals, Bhavani lost to Zaynab Dayibekova of Uzbekistan by a point and won a Bronze for India.

2. India launches ‘Agni Prime’ Ballistic Missile off Odisha coast at night, successfully 

Agni Prime is a new-generation ballistic missile developed by DRDO. It was flight tested successfully by DRDO off A.P.J. Abdul Kalam island recently. This was the first night launch of the missile before its induction into the army. Before the night launch, three development trials of the missiles were also successful. The nuclear-capable missile has an excellent strike range of 1000 to 2000 km.

3. 60 years old Sharad Kulkarni scaled Mount Everest to honour his late wife.  

The elderly man became the only 60-year-old person in the world to scale Mount Everest in 2023. Sharad and his wife, Anjali, decided to conquer all the seven highest peaks in the world. But due to a shortage of oxygen at heights, Anjali passed away while scaling Everest in May 2019. Sharad climbed to the Everest top on her fourth death anniversary and fulfilled their dreams. 

4. America’s tech giant General Electric and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited have agreed to work on critical defence technologies together.

During the recent visit of PM Modi to the U.S., General Electric and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited signed an agreement to share critical technologies that will mutually benefit both nations. It will allow the transfer of critical jet engine technologies and the technologies used for G.E.’s F414 engines for India’s Light Combat Aircraft (L.C.A.) Tejas MK2. This landmark move will help India become self-sufficient in meeting its critical and emerging technology needs.

5. ISRO released the dates of Chandrayaan 3’s launch dates.

According to the latest ISRO announcement, Chandrayaan-3 is all set to be launched between July 12 and 19 this year. Currently, the assembly of its rocket, L.V.M. -3, is under process. The mission aims to demonstrate a safe landing on the surface of the moon and its exploration.

6. Petrol will be blended with 20% ethanol, E20, and made available at 1,000 petrol pumps across the country as it is safe for the environment.

The Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas recently announced that petrol would be blended with 20% Ethanol, called E20. It would be available at 1,000 petrol pumps nationwide. This move was taken under the National Green hydrogen mission, as it is a safer alternative for the environment and would help the nation achieve a production capacity of 5 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) of fuel per year by 2030.

7. Umer Ahmad Giane, a 20-year-old painter from Kashmir, clears the NEET exam

 Umer Ahmad Giana from the Pulwama district of Kashmir works as a full-time painter to support his family. He beat all odds to crack the medical NEET-UG this year, scoring 601 out of 700. The hard-working lad prepared for the exam himself also took support from the freely available resources on the internet. 

8. PM Modi’s yoga celebration at United Nations Headquarters sets a Guinness World Record for participation by the maximum number of nationalities in a Yoga session. 

PM Modi celebrated the 9th International Yoga Day at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The event saw people from almost all the world’s nations and set a world record for most nationalities participating in a single Yoga event. It saw the presence of U.N. officials, diplomats and other prominent personalities.

9. 16-year-old  creates a world record for continuously dancing Kathak For 5 days 

Maharashtra’s 16- year-old Shrushti Jagtap created a record for her non-stop kathak performance for 5 days straight. The teenager started dancing on the morning of May 29 and continued for the next 127 hours until the afternoon of June 3. She has created a Guinness world record for the longest dance marathon by an individual. She beat the previous record of 16 hours by a Nepalese dancer Bandana Nepal.

 11. India beat Lebanon to win the 2023 Intercontinental Football Cup at Kalinga Stadium.

India won the Intercontinental Football Cup at Kalinga Stadium by defeating Lebanon 2-0. Sunil Chettri’s 46th-minute first goal, followed by a rebound hit by Chhangate in the 66th minute of the match, secured India’s win. It was the first football match after 1977 when India won against Lebanon.

12. The Indian Men’s as well as Women’s Junior Hockey Teams win the Junior Asia Cup 2023 titles.

Indian women’s junior hockey team secured their place in the F.I.H. Women’s Junior World Cup in Chile this year by defeating Korea 2-1 in the Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2023, held in Japan. This is the first time any Indian team has won the world cup. However, if it sounds too good to be true, hear this: the Indian men’s junior hockey team has also won the Junior Asia Cup title by defeating Pakistan 2-1 in Oman.

13. Shalini Singh created History by becoming the first female N.C.C. cadet to complete Uttarakhand’s advanced mountaineering course.

 The 20 – year – old N.C.C. cadet from Lucknow, Shalini, became the first female cadet in India to have completed the mountaineering course from Uttarakhand. She was the only female cadet in a team of 45 cadets selected for this course. The month-long course had to be completed in extremely inhospitable conditions under sub-zero temperatures.

14. Bengaluru city police install 30 emergency S.O.S. booths to ensure women’s safety.

Due to increased crimes against women, Bengaluru police have installed over 30 S.O.S. booths in the city. These booths would enable women to directly connect with the police and inform them about their safety concerns, such as harassment, emergencies etc. It would also make it easier for the police to respond in time.

15. Subodh Yadav, a small farmer In Bihar, Donated 11 Kathas Of Land For Constructing A School Named After His Mother

In 2020, Kaharpur village school in Bhagalpur district got submerged in water and was completely damaged. The authorities searched for a new piece of land to build the school. When Subodh’s mother knew of this, she selflessly asked him to donate his land to a good cause. The school, once built, will be renamed after the farmer’s mother.

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These stories from last month inspire us as they make us believe that we, too, can contribute to India Rising. They’ve shown us that our good times have come and are here to stay.

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