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08.01.2013

Shushed repeatedly at the dinner table as kids, we took our arguments to the Vox Pop, an after-school debate club that, unlike our parents, appreciated our contrarian natures. Which is why we're super excited about the Debating Society of India, a six-month old group that organises debates featuring leading experts across the country.

Look out for more debates, including one on India-Sino relations and another between globally famous academics from Oxford and Cambridge.

Object(ion) Of Desire

Their first event, coming up on Thursday will be held in Delhi at the Taj Palace, but the Society tells bpb that they will be coming to Mumbai soon. Meanwhile, you can live stream the debate on their website. The first is an Indo-Pak (of course!) joint debate featuring speakers like Salman Haider, Kabir Bedi and Mani Shankar Aiyar for India and Javed Jabbar, Salman Raja and Najam Sethi for Pakistan. The event will be moderated by Shashi Tharoor and the subject is “Engagement between members of civil society is by far the most important factor in promoting lasting peace between India and Pakistan.” Entry is by request only, and seats are filling up fast, so if you're going to be in Delhi, get your passes soon. 

Shake That (Re)buttal

Also look out for more debates, including one on India-Sino relations and another between globally famous academics from Oxford and Cambridge. You can also join the society, and participate in debate workshops presided over by seasoned debaters, scheduled for later in the year. Sustained!

Getting there: On January 10, at 6.30 pm, Taj Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, for passes email secretary@debsocindia.com with name and contact details or watch live webcast at www.debsocindia.com, to join the society emailpresident@debsocindia.com or follow the Facebook page here.

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