2018 in review: The year that was

Top 10 tweets from The Hindu in 2018


Crucial elections, devastating floods, high-profile weddings, unexpected demise of beloved public figures - 2018 was truly a rollercoaster ride on Twitter

From Kerala's first legal trans-couple wedding to the RPF constable who averted a rape attempt in Chennai, here is a selection of the top tweets from @the_hindu that our readers engaged with the most.

10. On May 15, a flyover that was under construction in Varanasi collapsed, killing 18 people and injuring numerous others. This photograph shows one of the many vehicles that were crushed under the weight of the concrete slabs of the flyover.


9. Ishan K Shan and Surya became Kerala's first legal trans-couple when they tied the knot in Thiruvananthapuram. Laughter and mirth filled the air as Surya, decked up in traditional bridal wear, accepted Ishaan as her life partner under the guidance of their parents and well-wishers.


8. Sridevi, the beloved superstar who rewrote the stardom game, passed away unexpectedly on February 25 in Dubai. Her body was cremated in Mumbai after days of delay.


7. The massive flood in Kerala was one of the biggest tragedies of 2018. Hundreds were killed and thousands displaced as heavy, persistent rains lashed the State. This video of a massive landslip in Ambayathode in Kannur district is a chilling reminder of the calamity.


6. The days following the death of DMK patriarch and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was filled with drama. The AIADMK-led State government’s refusal to permit his burial on the Marina was overturned by the Madras High Court hours before the burial. In this photo, Karunanidhi’s son M.K. Stalin and Kanimozhi share an emotional moment after the High Court order was conveyed to them.


5. The news that many farmers had received crop insurance cheques for as little as ₹3, ₹4, ₹5 and ₹10 in parts of Tamil Nadu got a lot of attention, even as the State govt sought to dismiss them as clerical errors.


4. American tourist John Chau’s death at the hands of the tribals of Andaman’s restricted North Sentinel Island sparked a nationwide debate on the ethics and necessity of attempting to integrate the islanders into the modern society


3. Close on the heels of the devastating Kerala floods, neighbouring Karnataka too started receiving intense rainfall. As reservoirs filled up, water was released downstream, taking India's tallest waterfall, Jog falls, to full flow.


2. Real life hero: On April 23, K. Shivaji, an RPF constable in Chennai, jumped out of a moving MRTS train at the Park station, got into the adjacent compartment of the train and foiled a rape attempt.


1. The most popular tweet from The Hindu handle this year was a photograph from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s press conference in Lucknow.


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