“Without Debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed- and no republic can survive.”- J.F Kennedy
One of the grandest Bilingual Conventional Debate Competitions in the nation took place at Jamia Millia Islamia’s annual festival, Ecocracy. The topic was, “This house believes that democracy as a form of government has failed.” The organising team worked day and night to give to everyone a debate that was worth remembering, and without a doubt it was. This national debate had teams across the country had participated, from almost all states. Since it was a bilingual debate, separate judgement for both the languages was done.
Beginning the day with the English debate was Ilma, a student from the law faculty, DU- the very first team that started the debate by speaking against the motion. In contrast to her, Vatsala, from Law College Dehradun, spoke for the motion. However, a student from LPU, Garfaest Christian, who spoke against the topic gave some remarkable lines, one of which was, “Democracy hasn’t failed us, we the people have failed the idea of democracy.” He might not have won anything, but he indeed gave out an important message to the society.
The runners-up team was Aligarh Muslim University, and the winning team was from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. Apart from that, the Best Speaker was Soumyadeep from Delhi college of Arts and Commerce. For the team of Jamia, it was non-competitive, but as per the score tally they were in the third position.
In the next session, which was the Hindi Debate, the non-competitive team of Jamia were the winners, according to their score. But since they were the non-competitive host team, the runners up team became winners and the 2nd runners up team became the runners up eventually. Chandan, of Jamia Millia Islamia was appreciated by all the judges and the chairperson as well. One of his lines depicted the critique of the recent elections which showcased the balance of power. He said, “Do chetr mein sattaaroodh party ki jeet hui, Do chetr mein vipakshi dal ki jeet hui aur ek mein lag bhag santulit mantrimadal hai. Yehi Shakti ki santulan ka udaharan hai!”
The runners-up position was won by the team of Law College, Dehradun. And the winning team was Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. The Best speaker in the Hindi debate, was Tejshree Purandra, also from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore.
A rolling trophy was given to the best university who had the best score with the combined marks of both the Hindi and the English debate. This was bagged by law college Dehradun.
Mr. SM Khan was a special guest for the Valedictory. He is the author of People’s President, Biography of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
The Judging panel for the English debate consisted of Dr. Samya Surbhi Gupta, Director of the Center for Spanish and Latin American Studies, and Mr. Burhan Salaria, Aluminus of Jamia Millia Islamia, former convenor of the debating society in law faculty.
The Hindi Judges were Prof. Mukesh Mirotha, lecturer in the Hindi Department of Jamia Millia Islamia, who is also an author and Prof. Reshma, who is an Academician and a social worker. Along with them was Mr Jaikaran Singh, Aluminus of Jamia Millia Islamia, an expert debater. He also owns a media house in the name of Parijat.
Under the Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia, in Ecocrasy, this event of Debate essentially had two chief organisers. Mr Aman Singh, BA Economics- third year student and Reem Qamar. BA Economics- first year student, co-ordinated the whole debate.
Written by Lipi Bag
Edited by the ATKT.in Editorial Team.