The Indian Independence Bill, which carved out the independent nations of India and Pakistan, came into force on August 15th 1947. And the question being asked of the GEMS Our Own English High School – Sharjah (Girls) team during the preliminary round of the Interschool Debate competition was ‘has Indian achieved enough after 70 years of independence’?
The debate, held at GEMS Our Own Indian School – Dubai, in collaboration with the Indian Consulate, saw the team, consisting of Diya Shilin and Mariya Nadeem, qualify for the final round with arguments that were both erudite and well presented.
Taking place within the same venue, the final saw debaters from all over U.A.E. competing for several prestigious awards, with heated arguments and ferocious rebuttals on the topic ‘India at 70 – Indian women are empowered’.
Both girls from the GEMS Our Own English High School team picked up honours: Diya bagged the ‘Best Speaker’ award (Against the Motion) and Mariya secured First Runner-Up (For the Motion). It was a proud moment for the school to witness two of its students, yet again, proving their mettle in an interschool competition.