English Debating Society
The ‘DebSoc’ has a long and illustrious history, during the course of which it has consistently produced and nurtured quality debaters who have won numerous national and international debate competitions. Many have gone on to careers in the fields of television broadcasting, print journalism, academics, film-making and other forms of communication. Furthermore, the DebSoc directly traces its lineage to the unique institution of the Hindu College Parliament, which served as an important platform during India’s freedom struggle and was addressed by such luminaries as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and M.A. Jinnah. The society conducts two debates each year- the Premchand Memorial Parliamentary Debate and the Thadani Memorial Debate, both being extremely prestigious across the country.
Third Sanjay Shrivastva Memorial Debate
About Sanjay Shrivastava
A notable alumnus of Hindu College and a former civil servant, Shri Sanjay Shrivastava exemplified the finest traditions of the college. His time at Hindu was defined by high scholastic and extra-curricular attainments. He was the college topper and the Prime Minister of the student parliament, the Republic of Hindu College. He was instrumental in
starting the annual cultural festival, MECCA, which has grown to be one of the most prestigious college festivals.
Carrying the same streak of brilliance, he then went on to build an illustrious career in public service as a member of the Indian Administrative Service.
About this Debate
This debate is conducted in the Oxford Format of debating. The past two editions witnessed colleges from across India engaging in a battle of words, wits and wisdom. Colleges from across India, like IIM Indore, IIT Kanpur, St. Stephen’s College, RMNLU and others have taken part in this debate. The 1st edition was taken home after an intense battle by Miranda House while the 2nd edition was bagged by Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.
Successive editions have seen several esteemed guests like Shri P.K. Sinha, Shri V.K. Paul and Shri Ratan P. Watal, among others grace the occasion with their presence. Thus, this debate honors the memory of a man who throughout his academic and professional life embodied values and principles that every Hinduite aspires to.
3rd Annual Sanjay Shrivastava Memorial Debate - Report
The 3rd Annual Sanjay Shrivastava Memorial Debate was organised by the English Debating Society of Hindu College on the 16th of April, 2021 virtually. The debate was a platform for students of different colleges to speak their mind and in turn, spread awareness on issues that plague the politics of contemporary times. The motion of the house was “This house would make vaccine passports compulsory for international travel” for the preliminary round and “This house believes that international organizations have failed the world in their pandemic response” for the final round.
This year the debate saw the enthusiastic participation from many colleges across the country namely Nirma University, Miranda House, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Moti Lal Nehru College, ILS Law School, Pune and St. Xavier’s College. In the end, the team from Hansraj College emerged as the winners of the debate. ILS Law School, Pune bagged the runners’ up title and Nirma University, Ahmedabad were declared the third best team at this debate. Best Speaker for the motion and against the motion were Bhargav Bhamidipati from ILS Law School, Pune and Khush Dhembla from Hansraj College respectively.
The Chief Guest for the debate was the Hon’ble Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation; and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry. He has had a distinguished four-decade career in diplomacy spanning the bilateral and multilateral arena, having held Ambassadorial posts in London, Brazil and as India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in both Geneva and New York. He is also one of the few Indians to preside over the United Nations Security Council and the only one to have chaired its Counter-terrorism Committee. He served as Chairman, RIS; as Vice President at the International Peace Institute; and as Secretary-General of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism in New York.
Our guests of honour for the day were Ms. Nita Chaudhary, Mr. Ranjan Chatterjee and Mr Shri Shakti Sinha. Ms. Nita Chaudhary and Mr. Ranjan Chatterjee also adjudicated the final round of the debate. Albeit virtually, many prominent personalities from public life joined the debate to commemorate the memory of Shri Sanjay Shrivastava, one of the finest alums of Hindu College.
Links to uploaded videos –
1 – https://youtu.be/PbJ_PErpVy8
2 – https://youtu.be/WrcEgFcS1Ww