Inaugural moot court discusses Gujarat riots at Youth Parliament2 min read
Manipal: Leaders of Tomorrow organised the Manipal Youth Parliament in Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) on October 23, where a new committee, Moot Court, was introduced for the first time.
Youth Parliament is based on the Model United Nations (MUN) format, but simulates the Indian Parliament at the same time. The Youth Parliament had three committees this year, Joint Cabinet Meeting, Joint Crisis Committee and the Moot Court.
At the Moot Court, a debate-oriented mock courtroom scenario was created with the 2002 Gujarat riots as the case. The State government was the defendant, while the Concerned Citizens Tribunal (CCT) was the prosecutor. The CCT termed the riots as a state sponsored genocide, while the state denied the accusations. The debate went on for a few hours, before the director and co-chairs ruled in favour of the CCT. “The first step to organising this was finding an agenda. We wanted something interesting and controversial, so we decided on the Gujarat riots,” said Aryaman Vepa, a third year student of MIT and Director of the Moot Court.
The Joint Crisis Committee witnessed the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of India, pitted against the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, where students had to put themselves in the shoes of RAW and ISI agents, with the power to influence the outcome of the Kargil war. “During the Kargil War, there was a lack of intelligence on the side of India and the ISI took advantage of that and we wanted to re-enact that situation from a historic point of view before the war had taken place,” said Dhruv Varma, a second year student of MIT and the chair of ISI.
The third component, Joint Cabinet Meeting, involved the Indo-Pak talks, where students had to be the members of the cabinet of the two countries and discussed various issues such as the surgical strikes, Line of Control and nuclear proliferation.
The turnout for the Youth Parliament was smaller than expected. “People don’t turn up because it’s an engineering college and Youth Parliament is a very different topic. People are reluctant and believe it’s a waste of time, or don’t really want to sacrifice their Sundays. That’s why we try to come up with exciting and hot topics, to keep people interested,” said Chetan Singh Rana, a third year MIT student and Chair for the Joint Cabinet Meeting.
Edited by Shriya Ramakrishnan