Debatable facts

One of the few things that citizens of this nation need to learn is religious tolerance. If a person feels he has the right to propagate his religion as being superior then he should also be able to back his claims with hard facts supporting it.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: February 10, 2009 12:28 am

A moot court competition at Symbiosis saw some interesting arguments presented by students of law colleges from around the country

One of the few things that citizens of this nation need to learn is religious tolerance. If a person feels he has the right to propagate his religion as being superior then he should also be able to back his claims with hard facts supporting it. If they cannot do that,then they should not go about preaching hatred in the garb of religion,” said noted Advocate Ram Jethmalani. He was speaking at the valedictory function of the 8th Surana & Surana International Technology Law Moot Court Competition,where he had been the judge and the guest of honour.

The finals of the competition saw students from NALSAR College Hyderabad slug it out with students from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU),Gandhinagar. The topic for the moot court was based on the Indo-Us Nuclear deal. The students of the NALSAR University spoke for the American end of the deal whilst the students of GNLU spoke for the Indians.

“The deal was debated on various topics like the 123 agreement,the Hyde Act,the IAEA safeguard agreement and the NSG wavier. It was after debating on all these clauses that we managed to present a favourable argument which enabled us to win the competition”,said Shatadru Chakraborty of NALSAR College (which eventually won the competition).

Speaking more about the event SB Majumdar,founder Symbiosis spoke about the five-year law course and how it was essential for the all round development of a law student as a lawyer. In addition to this he also spoke about the various challenges that the nation was facing and how it required lawyers of a very high calibre to tackle the same.

Kapish Madhyan,a second year law student of the Gujarat National Law University who was adjudged as the best student advocate said,”one of the most important things that are required for any lawyer to argue a case successfully is a thorough knowledge of the issue and he must be able to back up his arguments with Hard facts. The arguments should no be conjured out of thin air but should be supported with valid claims.”

Jethmalani in his speech also emphasised the need to elevate the legal profession to the pedestal it was once at,and mentioned honesty and integrity as the essential parts of lawyer’s character. He also said,that the youth of the nation needs to stand up and fight against two major problems which India is facing today- corruption and terrorism.

R.M Borde,Judge,High Court of Bombay in his speech appreciated the performances of the various teams and like the other guests spoke about need for good lawyers in field of litigation and on the need of religious tolerance in the Indian society today.

The winners for the event were NALSAR College,Hyderabad,and the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU),Gandhinagar who were the 1st runner’s up. Kapish Madhyan,(GNLU) was awarded with Best Student Advocate Award and Shatadru Chakraborty (NALSAR) was adjudicated as the best speaker of the finals. The Best Memorial award was given to the students of the Rajiv Gandhi National Law University,Patiala; whilst the students of GNLU were given away with a spirit of Surana award.

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