Respect the opinions of others

Debating Matters India was more of a platform to put across opinions than a mainstream competition. Research was given preference over articulation and winning the title of National Champions was exhilarating. I loved how all the participants were all treated equally and every view was respected. I made lifelong friends from across the country, quite literally, and met eminent figures with refined outlooks. Besides this, the night before the Semi-finals and Finals, the groups who had got knocked out and our team just stayed up debating and exchanging points, countering every point and questioning every counter. This journey has so far been the most enthralling experience I’ve had. I just cannot wait for Battle of Ideas Festival in UK!! - Anjani Barhanpure

Debating Matters India was indeed an interesting and gratifying experience. The pyramidal structured competition allowed us to understand and learn about the topic in depth at each and every level. The fact that the competition was solely based on research and not oratory proficiencies was beneficial for students like us. I enjoyed each and every moment of it. The announcement of results kept us at the edge of our seats and left us biting our nails. The competition has allowed me look at the world from a new perspective and has made me a new person when it comes to ideas and ideology.My final take on the competition. Brilliant stuff. Hope  to be a part of it in the future as well. - Avantika Shenoy

Debating Matters India didn’t just change me as a debater; it changed me as a person. I learnt not just to dissect and analyze a topic until it was exposed to its bare essentials, but to appreciate just how much an issue could be read into, as well as an admiration for my opponents and the points they brought up. The competition created an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity which provided a platform for a far greater quality of debate.-  Pratik K Ramesh

The whole experience was exhilarating, as well as an intellectually stimulating and exciting, because we got to watch many smart, opinionated and enthusiastic, not to mention extremely well researched, personalities debate on the matters at hand. The topics were very well chosen, open to interpretation on both ends, with both sides having valid points, which made the debates close fought, fun to watch, and, of course, a genuine pleasure to be a part of.- Sanjay Pitchai

The debate was unique in the sense that the crowd wasn’t drawn into a partisan view, placing one side above the other. All the participants were given the opportunity to hear both sides of the debate in a fair, controlled manner, and were allowed to form their opinion, which, more often than not, was an amalgamation of the best points from both views of the issue at hand. This was clearly seen in the ‘Audience Questions’ portion of the debate, where the same individuals had piercing questions for both of the schools that were debating. - Nikhil Amarnath

I was the only 12th grader in my team. This made the competition harder for me from the outset , since I had very little time to spare for the debates. Also, the competition, both at the regional and national levels, were in the close vicinity of my pre-Boards. However, my team could not have been more understanding and supportive. The competition was a great chance to meet people from all walks of life, each of whom had a very interesting perspective on the issues at hand. Despite the troubles I faced at every stage of the competition, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything else in the world. – Ilhaam Ashraf

As a teacher, it was wonderful to watch the students taking a genuine interest in the social issues being debated. The concern for the issues transcended the debate itself. This was clearly visible in the lunch hour, where the students were seen interacting and discussing the issues with their peers as well as the various judges present. Another great thing that the students were able to take away from the competition was the ability to respect the opinions of others, even when they differed from their own opinion. - Poornima Shekhar

NPS Koramangala

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