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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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From an orator to an ardent debater

Debating Matters India enriched us with experiences that made us competent in the arena of debating. It was a platform that brought our latent debating skills to the fore. We all started our journey of debating from DMI and hopefully would want to continue with it.

Unlike conventional debates, we were exposed to a forum which demanded thorough research, understanding and knowledge of the topics. We understood that debating was not only about statistics, facts and examples but with what content and passion you put forward your arguments. The topics, of course, were current and thought-provoking. It was all together an intellectual supplement. The unpredictability of the outcome taught us to be well-equipped to face any ‘uphill battle’. It was a test of our ability to respond under pressure which empowered us and sparked our enthusiasm. It developed our critical analysis, improved our confidence and enhanced our presence of mind.

The experts’ seminar was very illuminating and we were extremely fortunate to meet celebrities of various spheres of life. The programme in total was very efficiently organized, well-anchored, the atmosphere- welcoming, and the cuisine- excellent! It was a cross section of ethnical diversity and there was warm cultural exchange.

Walking past the threshold of the British Council, New Delhi, we evolved from what we were to what we have become now- confident, strong, rational, focused, research-oriented and a better personality. We advanced from being a mere orator to an ardent debater.

Paljor Namgyal Girls’ School
Debating Team, 2012-13

Students:
Nistha Sharma
Leah Grace Tenzing Namchyo
Rachel Ongmu Sangay Lepcha
Priyanka Chettri

Teacher co-ordinator:
Ms Alka Chhetri

Paljor Namgya girls

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National Finals: Day 1 & 2

WoW what a brilliant 24 hours of an intellectual festival it has been? We’re here at New Delhi witnessing the National Final rounds of Debating Matters India that guarantees you adventure all throughout…

Day I – 14 Jan ‘10

A brilliant day with some amazing expert witness session for the participating schools followed by an Inspiration event featuring the top opinion makers discussing the benefits and limitation of Alternative Medicine..

Some schools arrived pretty late with full credits to the non-cooperating Delhi weather nevertheless

Day II

Two rounds of the morning preliminary debates are through.. the best minds from minds from East and North India put together a fantastic show.. The lunch time debates are still in the process of getting over.

I’ll come back and get the results published post – event.We have the question time and a free time film show up for the kids…

So long.

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Mission National Finals

We are almost through with setting everything right for the National Finals – the last stage in the journey of Debating Matters.

Eight schools from four regions will be in New Delhi to take part in this three-day residential event starting from 14 to 16 January 2010.

On the 14th schools start arriving at the British Council. They register and head for an early lunch followed by series of expert witness seminars, discussions, and an early evening inspiration event before they head for their hotel. 15th will have schools battling out the preliminary rounds a quick lunch and they’re back on track. The evening will witness the Question Time modeled around the popular show at BBC our partners the Institute of Ideas organize this well-accepted forum that has been extremely popular amongst audience for years. The panel will consist of opinion makers who would engage themselves with participants and their questions followed by declaration of results and an evening dinner reception marking the end of a brilliant day spent.

16th will feature three rounds of debates followed by presentation, speeches and prize distribution. By the end schools will have made new facebook friends, discussed their points with judges, and the DM team experienced the freezing Delhi temperature but above all learnt a lot on issues and concerns that surround their world.

Really excited to see the debates begin and minds ‘shared’..

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