Silchar, January 2: The appeal and sway of a debate depends more on the selection of ‘motion’ as well as the assortment of arguments and counter arguments to hammer the points that filly decides the merit and oratorical skill of the winner. It was exactly in this perspective that the debating club of Cachar College Students’ Union as a part of its annual social week celebrations quite appropriately chose the subject “The NOTA option in voting process has ensured real democracy in India”. The contemporary and also controversial topic that generated lot of heat and dust on the eve of the last Parliamentary elections and ably debated over in the conference hall of the College recently enthralled the assembly of teachers and students.
To begin with, the welcome address by Dr Shilpi Duuta Mazumdar, associate professor of Sanskrit and teacher–in– charge, debating club, set the tone and temper of the debate. Joydeep Biswas, associate professor of Economics and a well known social activist, was the moderator. Dr Chandan Dey was on the frontline to support the motion while Zahir Zakaria, teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Masimpur, as the leader of the opposition, countered to debunk it. Prof Rach Deb and Prof Subhojit Bhattacharjee participating in the debate for and against carried their arguments in their own impressive way. Santosh Ranjan Chakravorty, former head, dept of English, was on the panel of judges.
N G Ranjita Devi was declared the best debator while Amit Roy, Bishal th and Sanjit Deb were the runners–up in a keenly fought contest.
Along with that a quiz competition preceded the debate and the student quizzers Sanjib Deb and Kaushik Das both charmed the audience with their skill and efficiency to quiz. Dr Debashis Kar, Principal of the College, appreciated the participating teachers and students and for taking the debate to the level of listeners’ choice and applaud. He called for more such debates in future as well. The curtain was drawn with vote of thanks from the debating secretary Amit Singha.