Korero 1.0, our e-debate conference, held on 14th June 2023, in the British Parliamentary Format, was graced by Shri Pradeep Rai Ji, Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and the Vice President of the Bar Council Association of the Supreme Court of India. It was an honor to have Sir as our esteemed guest of honor for the inaugural edition.
In Māori, "Korero" means to speak up, thus, wholly embodying the motto of our platform, Bait for Debate, which has been founded on the principles of tolerance and respect for diverse perspectives.
When we embarked on the task of constructing the debate topics, we deliberately aimed to challenge the participants. To our pleasant surprise, the participants exceeded our expectations, showcasing a remarkable command of language and a profound understanding of the subject matter.
The e-debate format transcended physical boundaries, allowing participation from various parts of the world. It is worth mentioning that we had participants joining us all the way from Qatar and London. Korero truly brought to life the core belief upon which Bait for Debate has been established.
Furthermore, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed judges, some of whom have been our mentors throughout various stages of our lives. Professor Sanya Darakhshan Kishwar and Dr. Neera Kapoor have been our steadfast supporters, providing us with all necessary help since day one. We are also grateful to Professors Chhaya Bhardwaj, Prabhadeep Kaur, Tripti Varshey, and Dr. Kishwar for generously dedicating their valuable time. Finally, we would like to extend our gratitude to our dear friends, Mr. Sagar and Ms. Ishani Goyal for their unwavering support whenever we needed it.
It is important to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of our exceptional moderators, the mastermind behind this event Shubhangi Jain, Himanshi Gupta, Tahira Dhillon, Devansh Garg, Lokesh Awasthi, Prataksh Sharma, Raisa Gulati and Kanak Chandak. They had been the backbone of this event.
Additionally, our IT team, consisting of Aastha Rai and Harshvardhan Wadher, had demonstrated unwavering dedication in overcoming technical challenges, ensuring that we surpassed all obstacles and successfully reached the concluding ceremony.
The inaugural edition of the debate was won by, Atharva Agarwal (Welham Boys School), Manya Kohli (Welham Girls' School) and Meher D’Souza (Welham Girls' School). Manya Kohli was awarded the “best speaker” and Atharva Agarwal was named the “best whip” for his exceptional rebuttal skills.
- Varnav Somwal and Shraddha Rai (Co-Founders Bait For Debate)