“And So It Began”

13 Jan

The idea for this debate took birth over two years ago, when there was only one batch in the university, when there were six of us who met every day religiously at 6 p.m. to debate. We tried figuring out the nuances of debating with the least of guidance, just the internet and what our notions of debating were.

We’ve come a long way since then; there are now three batches, numerous debaters, and a lot of experience. The idea that began its journey more than two years ago, finally reached its culmination in December, 2010. We realized at that point it was now or never, that not only did we need to organize a debate for the six of us who began this journey, but also for someone who was no longer with us, someone who built this university from the ground up.

There was no one better than Prof. (Dr.) Ghanshyam Singh to name our debate after. He was the first Registrar of our University, before his sudden demise last April, and from what we know quite a debater in his day. He along with Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh gave shape to a dream called NLU, Delhi. Though he had a daunting name, he was the epitome of calmness, and the way he got his point across, without any hysterics or drama was the manner that any good debater should look to have.

Though possibly, the best part about him was the fact that he always let us make our own mistakes, whether as students in the classroom or as human beings in the arena of life. We are all fallible, right? Though he never seemed so, there was something about him that made him seem impenetrable.

Vikram Seth might have used these words to mean something very different but Sir, “I list your gifts in this creation, pen, paper, ink and inspiration”

Now as the day nears, we’re jittery, and excited, and we realise that streamlining the efforts of 200 odd, over eager students isn’t an easy job. Everyday there are new ideas taking birth (thank god we have time!) on how to make the debate better and bigger, so that the tribute that we plan to the man doesn’t fall short of anything that he would have expected from us.

It’s not a game for us, it’s not even a matter of fireworks or about making a name for ourselves, all those are just some benefits that we will achieve through this. But our main objective is to remember, and pay a fitting tribute to the ease and perfection with which Prof. (Dr.) Ghanshyam Singh achieved everything. He taught us that you must be the best version of yourself, because that is what he was, everyday, and that is what this debate is about.

Debates have slowly made their way into becoming an intrinsic part of college life, and each debate aims at spreading this debating culture in a captivating way, throughout India. So that is exactly what we plan to do. Four days of spirited debating and what should be an enjoyable holiday from the rigours of college for you and for us.

So here’s thinking of you, sir, because you left an indelible mark on the heart of every person you knew. We have all been greatly influenced by your presence in our lives. Without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, I know that you’re watching over us and protecting us.

Aishani Gupta

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