I-Parliament Session 2 Review

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The second session of I-Parliament was held from 30th of September to the 3rd of October at Jawahar Bhawan, New Delhi. There were 20 schools from across the country resulting in a total of 265 delegates that participated in 4 days of intensive debate & deliberation. Following the theme for the first day, the delegates were seen negotiating and lobbying for themselves and their parties even before formal proceedings began & kept going through out the political party meetings & coalition negotiations after which a government was formed by the Congress led UPA with the support of AIADMK, TMC & SP while the BJP led NDA formed the Opposition with the support of AAP, CPI(M) & TDP, The Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition & the Speaker were elected amongst the delegates & with their leadership both the coalitions met to elect their ministers & discuss their views on Article 356 & other issues.

From day 2 onwards the themes were centred upon making law & holding the government accountable to the people through the forms of constructive debate on article 356, a question hour & a zero hour on both day 2 & 3 in which topics such as reservations, gender equality, the Kashmir issue & development of sports in India were brought up by delegates. In the debates on Article 356 the delegates brought up various issues in their speeches and came up with solutions for these problems in the form of amendments. There were 3 amendments brought up by Medhansh Kumar, Tarijit Singh & Yuvraj Duggal respectively which were passed by the house, once these amendments were incorporated the bill was put up for vote and was passed unanimously.

At I-Parliament we try and ensure a learning experience for all those attending and this session was no different with the former Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram speaking to the delegates on the first day & a panel discussion on the third day in which the delegates were addressed by and interacted with Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, Sanjay Jha, S.Y. Quraishi & Malvika Singh. Throughout these interactions the delegates asked questions covering a wide range of topics, which led to a hugely learning experience for all.

A unique introduction at this session of I-Parliament was the press segment which was sensational in its first edition, the delegates were divided into 4 Media houses and produced 1 newspaper each on the last day as well as hosting a “free2speak” debate each. The delegates not only fulfilled their jobs as writers, reporters & editors but also performed as debaters & anchors, some of the delegates that stood out were Sanya Sidhu & Sanjay Nair while The Youth Daily was adjudged as the best newspaper for its effective reporting and well written pieces.

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