Preliminary round of ‘The Morung Debate’ begins
Dimapur, Aug. 16 (EMN): A two-day preliminary round of ‘The Morung Debate’ began on August 16 at DBIDL Hall, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School (DBHSS) campus, River Belt Colony, Dimapur.
Organised by The Morung Express, the first day witnessed tough competition among eight teams of debaters from various colleges in the state. The organising committee stated that a total of four matches were held where the first match was fought between Eastern Christian College (ECC) and The Skeptics on the topic ‘Proxy teachers – A necessary evil.’
The second match was fought between Pathfinder and Oracle on the topic ‘Development and environmental protection can go hand in hand,’ while the third match witnessed an intense match between The One and The Brocode on the topic ‘Is Nagaland a Christian state?’ The final match of the day was fought between Astral and The Chosen One on the topic ‘Is reservation necessary for empowerment?’
The winners for the day advancing to the quarter finals on August 24 included The Skeptics, Oracle, The One, and Astral.
Earlier, the event started with an exhortation by Fr. CT Varghese, Rector of DBHSS. The debate was moderated by Imchala Ozukum and Arien Jamir, while the time keeper was Talimongla Longkumer.
Panel of judges for the preliminary round included Nipuni Piku, human rights activist, coordinator of IAITPTF and member of FNR; Zubeni Lotha, photographer; and Fr. Chacko, Director of Shalom Rehabilitation Centre.
The two-day preliminary round would continue till August 17 with four more matches among eight teams. The topics for the August 24 quarter finals included ‘Have human rights become obsolete,?’ ‘Can RIIN preserve indigenous identity,?’ ‘Naga society respects gender justice,’ and ‘Prohibition is beneficial for society.’