Youth power was the order of the day as Rajdhani College held ‘XPRESS’, the inter-college bilingual debate and extempore competition on 1st March 2013. An initiative of the debating society of the college, the topic of the debate was “Youth participation has changed the nature of social protest in India.” The event was inaugurated by the Principal, Dr.Vijay Laxmi Pandit and the chief guests, Dr. Indra Mohan Jha of Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College and Dr. Bali Singh of Kirori Mal College. Participation from various colleges of Delhi University such as Khalsa College, Kirori Mal College, Hindu College, Daulat Ram and Satyawati College amongst many others was seen.

The debate competition kicked off with pertinent points being allotted to those ‘for’ as well as ‘against’ the motion. Youth participation in the protests at India Gate and Anna Hazare campaign was referred to many times by speakers speaking ‘for’ the motion; I quote, “If you make a peaceful revolution impossible, you’ll make a violent revolution inevitable”. They tried to put forth their view on how the scene of social protests had undergone a change in the contemporary world. Few countered the point by mentioning the recent violent clashes at the same protest march and the flipside to the so called “youth” gathering as a means to protest.

After a well debated event, the results were announced. It was dual victory for Bharti College as the Best Speaker for ‘for’ the motion was awarded to Savita Jha and for ‘against’ the motion went to Aradhna, both representing Bharti College. While the best team went to Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, Deshbandhu College bagged the second prize and Rajdhani College got a special mention as the third winner. Best interjection was awarded to Neelam and Sunita Jha of Aditi Mahavidyala College.

The extempore competition followed the debate and culminated with a collective acknowledgement that the vigor is the main driving force behind the youth power and if channelized into a right direction, it could make all the difference. As one of the participants said,

“Knowledge is power, not the information”

Shalina Pillai

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