Delhi College of Arts and Commerce

DCAC’s History department organises Dharohar 2014

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The annual fest organised by the History Department of Delhi College of Arts & Commerce was held on 25th and 26th February 2014. Dharohar 2014 aimed at commemorating the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The two day fest kicked off with a lecture by Professor Upinder Singh, author of ‘A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India’ and daughter of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. She talked about the ancient history of the city of Delhi, the remains of historical sites in the city and suburbs and how there is a constant conflict between heritage and development where eventually development gets an upper hand.

After the lecture, the college saw numerous events at the fest. The college ground was abuzz with different street play societies from various colleges for the street play competition which was won by Jesus & Mary College followed by Hansraj College. The bilingual debate centred around “This House believes that Indians are inherently racist”, where a team from ARSD was adjudged as the best team and Shivangi, a student from LSR won the prize for Best Speaker. There was also a poster making competition based on the theme ‘Meri Dilli’.

Day 2 of Dharohar 2014 started off with a talk delivered by Sucheta Mahajan who talked about how the First World War had its repercussions in India through letters written by Indian soldiers recruited by British army. She threw light on the paradoxical situation where Indians were throwing away their lives for the British with whom they were fighting for freedom.

Then we witnessed different academic and cultural events. The general quiz was won by a team of two from St. Stephens, online photography competition on ‘Mughal Influence in Delhi’ by Pallavi, a student from Cluster Innovation Centre, Swarachit Kavita by a student from P.G.D.A.V. For the dance competition, among a large number of participants, solo dance was won by Rahul Vaid from Hansraj College and duet dance by Nimisha and Bharat from Deshbhandu College.

The History Department also put up an exhibition on centenary of First World War which attracted inquisitive crowds. “It was the kind of event which you just don’t wish to get over and gives me another reason to miss college after I pass out”, said Shaurya, a final year History student at Delhi College of Arts & Commerce.

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