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The Liberal's Guide To Surviving RamRajya

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The Bihar Assembly Election of 2015 was a shot in the arm for the Indian liberal. As Nitish Kumar took a barb-wired stick to BJP's plans of consolidating India under the saffron flag, the ideological opponents of Hindutva felt the foundation of the dam to harness the right wing surge had been laid. Riding this zeal past the reversal in Assam, the liberal gained hope from BJP's declining prospects in the run up to the UP assembly election. News channel polls across 2016, saw BJP cede its leading position to first BSP, and then to SP - as it pulled off a change in narrative through the dumpster fire of infighting and the subsequent rise of Akhilesh from its ashes. The alliance forged with Congress further buffeted hopes, with the 'Khiladi-Anadi' duo of Akhilesh and Rahul lit up the campaign trail. Whatever happened in the remaining 4 states, UP was the Holy Grail and the springboard to the 2019 General Election.
As the results unfolded on the 11th of March, jaws dropped…

THINK LIKE A DEBATER

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From the recent US Presidential Elections, across Europe to back home in India, people are getting increasingly polarised. Positions are becoming ever more absolute and the common ground is fast disappearing. This break down is ironic in an age where advancements in science and technology have expanded the common grounds like never before. Political and societal discourse has never been accessible to so many people and amenities like health, education and transportation are reaching ever more people through revolutionary disruption. Yet the progressives and intellectual elite across borders with conviction their commitment to the bottom tier of society continue to entrench themselves into their bubbles, condescending upon the middle income masses which are increasingly turning right. On the other hand, the expanding wing of right leaning populations are willing to barter away the accountability of their leaders and the logical depth of their arguments in response to perceived alienat…

Tournament Review - 7th NUJS PD 2014.

The NUJS PD has always been a highly rated event, with quality debating its USP, and a long list of stalwarts having won the prestigious tournament over the past few editions. A part of the Tier I PDs in India as per the INDC tournament rating system in 2013, lets analyse how the 2014 edition of the tournament fared.

(This review is written on the basis of the data collected via feedback forms given out to debaters after the tournament, and aims to reflect their opinions.)

Quality of Teams - 4.5 /5

The team quality seemed well above average, with multiple strong teams breaking to the out rounds, resulting in numerous brilliant match-ups. Being an open-tournament, the presence of multiple cross teams increased the average standard of debating by a mile, so much that three out of the four semi-finalist teams were non-institutional.

A separate novice break allowed freshers a chance to progress in the tournament, and get a taste of post break debating at high quality tournaments.

Quality of…

INDC 2014: The Indian National Debate Championship

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Dear Debaters!
You are hereby formally invited to the 'The Indian National Debate Championship 2014'! The Championship will take place at IIT Delhi from the 1st to 4th of March, 2014.
The first edition of INDC was India's grandest ever parliamentary debating tournament with an adjudication core comprising of some of thebiggest names (Prabhat Kiran Mukherjea, Pranay Bhatia, Yaman Verma, Uttara Gharpure, Pradyumna Jairam, Eashan Ghosh, Siddhartha Thyagarajan and Aashay Sahay) in the Indian debate circuit, all rounds held at the 'Taj Ambassador Delhi', zero reg, meals from Pind Baluchi, on the house beverages at the acco and much more.
This edition will up the ante to a whole new level. We are gunning to be India's largest 3on3 tournament ever by departing from the exclusive seeding format of the 1st INDC and opening up participation to debating institutions from across the nation. The Grand Finals of the 1st INDC was attended by Yashwant Sinha, ex Finance and Foreig…

Tournament Review - IIT Bombay Mood Indigo Intervarsity 2014.

Touted as the warm-up to the WUDCs in Chennai, the IIT Bombay Parliamentary Debate turned out to be a mixed experience for most participants. This review is written on the basis of the data collected via feedback forms given out to debaters after the tournament, and aims to reflect their opinions.

Quality of Teams - 5/5
This was a no brainer. With quality participation from most debating institutions in the country, competition in the tournament was excellent. The presence of multiple international participants as competitive debaters added to the “Pre-WUDC” image of the tournament, and ensured the out rounds were high quality match ups.

Quality of Adjudicators - 4.3 /5
Multiple subsidised adjudicators from across the world ensured good decision making in most rounds. A high quality core meant debaters were largely satisfied with the feedback and constructive, and had lots to learn.
The internal adj pool however, did not match the tournament standards. Some debaters believed they we…

The Whole Truth Behind The Devyani Khobragade Row

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THE WHOLE TRUTH BEHIND THE DEVYANI KHOBRAGADE ROW ~AASHAY SAHAY & VIPUL NANDA~
When the first news of Devyani Khobragade’s arrest in the US began coming in, it just seemed to be a straight forward case of a domestic help arrangement gone wrong. However, once details of her being strip searched and cavity searched surfaced, it seemed like there was more than meets the eye. The first thing that became apparent and was widely agreed upon was that she had been treated highly inappropriately. There are three modes of arrest prevalent in the US, the first involves the DA calling the defense counsel and setting up a date and time for surrender and thereafter the arrestee shows up and is taken in discreetly and respectfully. This is the usual procedure for crimes that aren’t of a serious nature and should have been the logical choice in this case too, even more so given that the person in question was a foreign diplomat. The second option involves the police showing up at the person’s house…

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"The Indian Debating circuit has been growing over the past few years, with a major surge in the number of colleges hosting Debate Tournaments.
With the increase in tournaments has come the question of picking the right tournaments with regard to hectic academic schedules, specially considering that an increasing number of …