Ever wondered what it is like to be an MP in the Lok Sabha? Here’s how you can experience it. The Indian Debating Union (IDU) hosts nationally and socially relevant debates in the format of a mock Parliamentary session.
Speakers, with national and international experience, represent both sides of a topical argument. Audience members play the role of MPs, voting in favour of or against each side’s argument. “Several schools and universities in India, as well as abroad, have been conducting such debates with their students,” explains Abhaey Singh, president and founder of IDU. “They adhere to the prescribed format. Perhaps our Parliamentarians could learn from these students.”
The aim of starting IDU was to create a platform that the public could access easily. “People need to witness good, strong arguments representing both sides. This will help them make a better decision as to which point of view is more favourable,” says Singh.
IDU took off in May, with a debate on reservation with an over-capacity audience and a question-answer session that extended much beyond its time limit. It was an encouraging response for Singh, who plans to organise similar debates every two-three months various issues.
“People who came to the first debate will hopefully come back, and even bring their friends with them. I’m sure that eventually this will be something everyone will know about,” says Singh.