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Battling Corruption via debate at Maitreyi

Political feud or economic conceit, moral depravity or social detriment – it all calls for a strong crossfire at Trenchant, The English Debating Society of Maitreyi College. With an aim to spread myriad ideas and express the most interesting and thought provoking opinions during the Vigilance Awareness Week 2016, an Intra – College Debate Competition was organized on 2nd November.

The event began with a warm welcome to all the chief guests of the session which included Manish Tondon (CVC), Satish Nagpal (CVO), Dr. Yaduvanshi (Zonal Manager, PNB) and Sh. N.D. Bansal (Circle Head). The motion of the debate competition was declared as the following: This house believes that in India, there is ample participation of public in promoting integrity and eradicating corruption. The students participated in teams of two, with one speaker for, and the other against the motion. There were a total number of five teams, that is, ten speakers who enlightened the audience with powerful statements which accentuated the fact that the citizens of the country have enough power to eradicate corruption while enhancing the values of honesty, goodness and unity at the same time. Anjali Sahu, Tavishi Verma and Yogya Gautam bagged the First, Second and Third Position of this year’s debate competition, respectively.

After the debate, a ‘Share to Care’ initiative was organized where all the participants, judges as well as the members of the audience came together to create a healthy discussion on the battle against corruption and the importance of our consistent efforts to make a difference by raising our voice against it through such speeches and debate competitions. A few students shared their experiences of fighting corruption on a small but significant scale through situations as common as with a constable at a sweet shop to something as ‘openly yet secretively’ done like a bribe taken by a traffic policeman. Mr. Manish Tondon, then also joined in on his experience of being offered to get a driver’s license made by giving a substantial amount of bribe.

At the end, Sh. N.D Bansal gave a speech about the most essential measures for eradication of corruption by the youth and explained a four pillar strategy which must be followed earnestly by every citizen of the nation. The four pillars thus, involved Prevention, Enforcement, Education and Cooperation.

“For me, what made the Vigilance Awareness Week a grand success was the sheer amount of hard work and the sense of commitment from everyone involved in the event and the ‘share to care’ initiative which, I’m glad to say, was not only relatable to our fellow college students but also to those with high authorities such as our Tondon Sir. Steps like these strengthen our hope in ourselves as agents of change, big or small.” said Nimisha Sinha, President of Trenchant.

Thus, the debating society of Maitreyi College successfully played an extremely important role in the Vigilance Awareness Week 2016 and accomplished in doing their bit as responsible citizens as well as the voice of youth.

(With Inputs from Mallika, Swati and Kashika)
Picture Credits: Swarnima Narayan
Shagun Marwah
shagunm@dubeat.com



shagunm@dubeat.com ; Leading by the quote “Every cloud has a silver lining”, Shagun tends to see the best of every situation and observes mostly what others leave unnoticed. One can find her either under an influence of the darkest corners of psychological thrillers or romanticism of John Green’s beautiful love stories. A writer with a weakness for coffee and petrichor, she blissfully escapes into the world of soulful music while travelling to new destinations or singing when nobody is around. Being a true Delhi-ite, her favorite street food, ranging from spicy aloo chaat to pani puri or sweet hot jalebis to chilled rabdi kulfi, is a love beyond measure.


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