By Sahana Manjesh
The 9th NLS Debate that concluded on 10th November in a grand finale witnessed some amazing debating.
This is the sub-continent’s biggest parliamentary debating tournament and this year saw 58 teams participating over five days in an intensive competition.
The core adjudicators were some of the best in the business including Sathya, Tate, Ah Young, Logan and NLS’s very own Vipul, Maanav and Sowjhanya. The event was sponsored by mylaw[dot]net.
The final was between the teams from R.V. College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore and IIT-Bombay. The motion was “This House Would not Impose a Greater Punishment for Hate Crimes” and RVCE was the government.
The motion fell, with a single dissent and IIT-B emerged the winners of the tournament and won themselves Rs.27,000 as prize money. Pranay Bhatia from IIT-B was adjudged the best speaker.
The best adjudicators were Preethi from MSRIT (MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology), Arjun from RVCE and Luwie from FOLC (Faculty of Law, Colombo), Sri Lanka. VIT emerged as the winners in the novice break, beating the novice team from FOLC.
The rush however was not only during the finals but even during the preliminary rounds where teams debated on various themes including elections and the environment.
Parliamentary debating is a format of debating that has a team defending a motion as the government and the other opposing it as the opposition. Adjudicators, who themselves have to compete among one another, judge the debate.
This dynamic form of debating requires one to be quick on one’s feet, engaging with the matter brought up by the speakers and doing all this in as clear and crisp a manner as possible.
Such tournaments allow students from various colleges to come together, interact and hone their debating skills. This was an exercise of the freedom of speech that was a sheer joy to witness.
Image from here and here