DELHI PUBLIC School (DPS), Bhopal hosted the fifth Gurudev Gupt inter-school English debate competition to mark its founder day on Monday. The topic of the competition was, “Media today is democracy at its ugliest.”
Campion School emerged as overall champion while DPS was the runner up. A total of 13 schools participated in the competition including Anand Vihar, Bal Bharti, Bal Bhawan, Campion School, DPS, International Public School, Jawaharlal Nehru School, Mithi Govindram, Navnidh Hasomal Lakhani Public School, Red Rose School, St Mont Fort School and St Thomas School.
The winners were Akshay Dixit of Campion School and Supriya Rathore of DPS. They received a cash prize of Rs 2,500 each for best speakers for and against the motion.
The second best speakers for and against were Prerna Vijay of DPS and Sachet Singh of Bal Bhawan. They received cash prize of Rs 1,000 each.
A cash prize of Rs 500 was given to Ria Lawrence of St Thomas HS School for the best interjector. Guest of honour on the occasion was Pro-Vice-Chairman of DPS Bhopal-Indore Hari Mohan Gupta. He exhorted students to be sensitive to the milieu they were living in and also analyse whether the media was safeguarding interests of the citizens or violating them.
The panel of judges for the competition comprised Resident Editor, Hindustan Times Askari Zaidi, Sarojini Naidu Girls PG College Prof of English Seema Raizada and retired IAS officer and writer Ajay Singh Yadav.
Students spoke on various facets of the media, how it had a role in bringing corrupt politicians and criminals to light. They, however, also accused the media of violating basic human rights.
The debaters held that it completely depended on the media how it wanted to be seen - an ugly duckling or beautiful swan of the society.