The La Martiniere Boys’ College hosted their 5th National Claude Martin Memorial Debate. This year saw the participation of 12 schools from across the country. Seth M.R. Jaipuria was represented by Arushi Somani, Madhav Agarwal, Vibhor Chandra and Aniket Chauhaan.
The inter-pool preliminary round was held on the 26th of July, the motion being “This House Believes that there can be good without God.” Our team was proposing the motion against the Neerja Modi School, Jaipur. In the end, the motion was carried away and Madhav Agarwal was declared the best speaker.
The second inter-pool debate was against the Bishop Cotton School, Shimla wherein, Jaipuria was in favour of the motion “This House Believes that beauty contests should be banned”. Yet again, the motion was carried and Arushi Somani took the best speaker award. These two wins propelled Jaipuria into the quarter finals.
On the 27th, the Jaipurian team faced the Vasant Valley School, Delhi in the Quarter Finals. This time, opposing the motion “This House would not allow public prayer in schools”. The motion, after an intense debate was, unanimously, defeated and Aniket Chauhaan was adjudged the best speaker.
Following this, in the semi-final round, the team faced Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun. The motion read: This house believes that violent video games should be banned. Our side opposed the motion. After quite a few fiery words, the motion was carried in a very close (5-4) judgement, bringing the wonderful journey of the debating team to an end. Rashtriya Indian Military College went on to win the finals of the debate and became the champions for this year’s tournament.
The performance of the team was commended by both, student and teachers alike and the team did learn quite a lot while also had its fair share of banter and fun.