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Miranda House team of Khan wins 4th clash of Titans Invitational Debate 2017

• Alumni of Hindu College are the strength of the country: Prof Yogesh Tyagi, Vice-Chancellor University of Delhi

• Old Student’s Association Hindu College Organizes The 4th Clash of the Titans Debate

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• The Old Students’ Association (OSA) of Hindu College was established in 1958. Since its inception, the Association has been active in bringing the eminent alumni of the Hindu College, Delhi on one platform.

The Old Students’ Association, Hindu College successfully organised the fourth edition of “The Clash of the Titans Invitational Debate” at The Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on February 25.

The alumni of five prestigious colleges of Delhi University of national fame Miranda House, Lady Shri Ram College, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Indraprastha College and Hindu College participated in this great debating competition. The debaters tested their debating skill on a contemporary relevant topic: The Rise of Populism – A passing Phase & Not An enduring reality.

Rao Inderjit Singh, Union Minister of State for Planning (IC), Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Prof Yogesh Tyagi, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi were the Guests of Honour.
The jury consisted of Yashovardhan Azad, Central Information Commissioner; Rakesh Kacker, Director, India Habitat Centre & Shashank Vira, founding Partner at The Hearth Education Advisors. Eminent Media personality Kajori Sen was the Moderator.

The Winning Team (the Best Team) Trophy was awarded to The Miranda House team of Sonali Khan and Amrita Sengupta. The best Speaker award went to Pinky Anand from Lady Shri Ram College.

Speaking on the occasion, Ravi Burman, Secretary, OSA, Hindu College said: “We are pleased to organize ‘The Clash of The Titans Invitational Debate 2017’ competition and have distinguished guests & participants from different walks of life who have brought laurels to their alma mater through their achievements. The Titans cup debate is growing in influence each year and this year women speakers out-numbered the men and had a larger number of youthful debaters being showcased. We look forward to similar engagements each year. We are grateful to all the college authorities and the alumni for making this event a success”.

Speaking on the occasion Prof Tyagi said the Alumni of Hindu College are the strength of the country.

Distinguished orators Sreenivasan Jain and Aman Lekhi from Hindu College, Sonali Khan and Amrita Sengupta from Miranda House, Pinky Anand and Geeta Luthra from Lady Shri Ram College, Yash Bajaj and Noopur Sen from Shri Ram College of Commerce and Devina Gupta and Nidhi Verma from Indraprastha College participated in this unique debate.
The exchange between the alumni from the five colleges of Delhi University — Hindu College, IP College for Women, Miranda House, Sri Ram College of Commerce and Lady Sri Ram College — explored, prodded and synthesized the very concept of populism and threw it back at the audience in different hues.

Miranda House won the debate with its two-member team breaking down arguments and punching holes in the competitors’ definition of the doctrine. Sonali Khan, explained how populism in its current form is based on hate and that very foundation will be lead to its end.
According to Khan, populism is turning one section into a victim and then trying to turn them into a survivor. “The rise of populism is inherently flawed because it works on cleavages in the society. It is based on hate between people and at some point of time, communication will fight populism by connecting people, when the victim will wake up and become the survivor,” she added.

Her team member, Amrita Sengupta, one of the youngest speakers on stage, hit out that the speakers against the motion had been contradicting themselves by explaining populism as a phase that changes every season when one political power rises.

The speakers at the debate repeatedly spoke about the stand the United States of America and the European Union have taken over immigration, Brexit, and demonetisation in India.

Pinky Anand, speaking for LSR against the motion, pointed out that populism is based on socio-economic and cultural inequality. “People are worried about immigration and start believing that they are going to be run over by the newer arrivals,” she said. “Populism is going to stay until you don’t have utopia, until the David and Goliath exists,” she added.

Popular TV journalist and speaker for Hindu College, Sreenivasan Jain, pointed out at that many movements that had cropped out of populist agenda turned out to be ‘jumlas’, like Brexit bus, ‘notebandi’ and the erection of the wall by United States President Donald Trump. “After a while, it turned out to be an allegorical wall,” he added.In his argument, Jain pointed out that the said populism is a tool for political survival and it will always come in phases

Many eminent Hinduites graced the occasion including Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Planning and Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India; Dr. Kavita A. Sharma, President, South Asian University; Justice Mukul Mudgal (retired), Delhi High Court; Anil Goswami, Former Home Secretary, Ranjan Chatterjee, Expert Member, Expert Member Principal Bench New Delhi, National Green Tribunal; Rajiv Jain, Director, Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs; I V S Juneja, former President, Delhi Golf Club; Sanjay Singh, Resident Director, Tata Sons Limited; Deepak Gupta, Former Chairman, UPSC, Veena Jain, Director General, DD NEWS; Anil kumar Saxena, Additional Director General, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Prabhavit Sood, Manager-Air India.

Outstanding Academicians Dr. Babli Sen Saraf, Principal, IP College; Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda House; Dr. Suman Sharma, Principal, LSR College graced the occasion with their presence.

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