The 61st edition of the Annual Mukarji Memorial Debate held at St Stephen’s College,Delhi University,concluded on Monday with a heated debate over the motion,’this house believes that the USA needs a Guantanamo Bay.’ The parliamentary debate,organised from February 6 to 9,saw participation from 40 teams drawn from 25 colleges across the country. With five preliminary rounds leading up to toadys finals,debaters put forward their views on themes varying from free sales of aphrodisiacs to financial aid for Zimbabwe.
The parliamentary debate allowed for 20 minutes of preparation time for each team,with the debate format allowing the teams to cross-question the opponent’s arguments. This year’s debate was different,as they allowed the teams to vote on the theme and motion of discussion,unlike previous years,when only the motion was a matter of choice for the opposition team, said Siddharth,who represented IIT-Delhi. The final round was a match of opinions between the teams from National Law School (NLS),Bangalore and Ramjas College,Delhi University,with NLS emerging the winner after a unanimous decision by the judges. Vasudev Krishna from Hansraj College,nominated the best adjudicator,was the student adjudicator for the final debate.