In an eventful year, which were the ten top news events Indians searched for the most? We live in an era dominated by the internet, and Google is the most used search engine today; Google Trends serves as a reliable indicator of what garnered the most interest throughout the year. Accordingly, this time, we look at the top news events of 2023 from India with data from Google Trends.
People wave Indian flags as an ISRO rocket carrying the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 14, 2023. Image: R.Satish BABU / AFPWith Chandrayaan-3, India became the fourth country to land on the moon and the first country to land on the south pole of the Moon. This mission propelled India into the elite club of lunar explorers, joining the US, Russia, and China. The sight of its rover, Pragyan, traversing the lunar surface sparked national pride.Chandrayaan-3 was a technological marvel, and the echoes of this success will reverberate for years to come, inspiring the future generation. Also Read: From Kiara Advani to Travis Head, the most searched people on Google in India in 2023
Karnataka election results
(L-R) Senior Congress leaders DK Shivakumar, Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah pose for pictures before the swearing-in function of the new CM and Deputy CM of Karnataka, in Bengaluru on May 20, 2023. Image: Manjunath KIRAN / AFP In May 2023, Karnataka held its breath as election results for the state assembly trickled in. The battle lines were drawn between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), and Janata Dal (Secular) [JD(S)]. The Congress emerged victorious, securing 135 seats and forming the government under the leadership of DK Shivakumar. This marked a significant power shift, as the BJP had held sway for the previous five years.The Congress victory was attributed to factors such as the anti-incumbency sentiment, effective campaigning by the Congress, and dissatisfaction with certain BJP policies. The Karnataka results sent shockwaves through the political landscape, indicating a potential resurgence of the Congress party.Also Read: From Jawan to Bigg Boss 17, most searched movies and shows in India in 2023 according to Google Trends
Palestinians check the rubble following Israeli bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on December 21, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and the militant group Hamas. Image: SAID KHATIB / AFPOn October 7, Hamas-led militants attacked Southern Israel. Tensions simmered between Israel and Palestine throughout October, with flare-ups along the Gaza border. This volatile situation captured global attention, raising concerns about regional stability and the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Satish Kaushik’s demise
(File photo)Bollywood actor and director Satish Kaushik poses for the photos, at Andheri, on January 20, 2023 in Mumbai, India. Image: Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesSatish Kaushik was a beloved Indian actor, director, and screenwriter. His demise in March 2023 left a void in the Indian film industry, but his legacy lives on through his indelible contributions to Indian cinema.
Kaushik's ability to seamlessly switch between comedic and dramatic roles made him a director's favourite. He played memorable characters in films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Mr India, Deewana Mastana, and so on.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds up a folder with the Government of India's logo as she leaves the ministry to present the budget at the parliament in New Delhi, India, on February 01, 2023. Image: Amarjeet Kumar Singh/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesUnveiled in January 2023, Budget 2023 charted India's economic roadmap. Focusing on infrastructure development, healthcare, and social welfare, it aimed to bolster growth while addressing key public concerns. Key highlights of the Budget included increased spending on rural infrastructure, education, and healthcare, alongside tax reforms for individual taxpayers and small businesses.
A man stands amid the rubble of a collapsed building while Greek and Turkish rescuers try to exhume the bodies in Antakya, south of Hatay, on February 15, 2023, nine days after a 7,8-magnitude struck the country's southeast. Image: Yasin AKGUL / AFPOn February 6, 2023, a devastating twin earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, sending shockwaves across the region. The first, a monstrous 7.8 magnitude tremor, rippled through southern Turkey, reducing cities to rubble and claiming thousands of lives. A second powerful earthquake followed later that day, amplifying the tragedy. Thousands perished, families mourned, and countless faced an uncertain future amidst the wreckage.
Mourners gather alongside the bodies of Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf Ahmed after they were shot dead by gunmen outside Kalvin Hospital while being taken for a medical checkup in police custody in Prayagraj on April 16, 2023. Image: Sanjay KANOJIA / AFPAtiq Ahmed, a politician with a past shrouded in controversy, became a prominent figure in Indian news in April 2023. Accused of involvement in numerous criminal cases, Ahmed also held a brief stint as a Member of Parliament.The rise of Atiq Ahmed, a politician with a tumultuous past, drew scrutiny and public debate. His political ambitions and alleged involvement in criminal activities sparked intense media coverage and highlighted issues within India's political system.
Matthew Perry’s demise
(File photo) Matthew Perry attends the GQ Men of the Year Party 2022 at The West Hollywood EDITION on November 17, 2022, in West Hollywood, California. Image: Phillip Faraone / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFPMatthew Perry’s untimely death shattered fans of Friends, a popular American sitcom, worldwide. Best known for his role as Chandler Bing in said beloved sitcom, Perry had a career filled with highs and lows. Friends propelled him to international fame, but behind the scenes, he battled personal struggles with addiction. After the show's end, Perry explored dramatic roles in The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
A woman protester blocks a road during a 48-hour general strike in Imphal on September 19, 2023, as they demand restoration of peace in India's northeastern state of Manipur after ethnic violence. Image: AFP
In July 2023, Manipur erupted in violence driven by tensions over granting Scheduled Tribe status to the Meitei community. Protests escalated into clashes with security forces, resulting in fatalities and injuries. The flare-up exposed underlying grievances on issues of identity and tribal rights within the state.Amidst calls for calm and investigation, efforts focused on restoring peace and addressing the root causes of discontent. The situation remains complex, with concerns for further unrest and the need for peaceful dialogue to navigate sensitive issues and find lasting solutions.
Odisha train accident
Railway workers help restore services at the accident site of a three-train collision near Balasore, about 200 km from Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on June 4, 2023. Image: Punit PARANJPE / AFPThree trains collided near Balasore, Odisha, leading to the nation's worst rail disaster since 1995. The Coromandel Express, travelling at full speed, entered the wrong track, slammed into a goods train, and then into the oncoming SMVT Bengaluru–Howrah Superfast Express.The accident spotlighted flaws in the railway system, sparking urgent calls for improved safety measures and infrastructure upgrades.