Author Josh Lanyon in his book, ‘Come Unto These Yellow Suns’ writes- “If there was one life skill everyone on the planet needed, it was the ability to think with critical objectivity.” And one of the most effective ways to hone one’s analytical abilities and critical thinking skills is debating.
Debating enables individuals to think logically, analyze a situation/event critically, develop arguments based on this analysis and deliver these arguments eloquently. Moreover, debaters also remain respectful to the differing views/stances of their opponents and oppose in a non-violent manner. This proves that debating is indeed the civilized man’s activity and this is how ideas develop and in turn get implemented in the society or civilization at large.
I am very delighted to write this welcome speech as the Moderator of Daffodil International University Debating Club (DIUDC). Since its foundation in 2004 at the hands of our much respected Emeritus Professor, Late Dr. Aminul Islam, whom we still remember with profound respect and gratitude at every step we take, DIUDC has indeed come a long way.
At this juncture today, I thank every single person, be it debaters, adjudicators, executive members, moderators, sponsors, patrons etc., who have contributed in any manner and capacity from their individual position to the magnificent growth of DIUDC over the years. It would have been impossible for me to write this message today had it not been for each and every member of the nine different executive committees over the years, who have sturdily steered DIUDC towards glory and prominence.
Over the years, we have seen our debaters transform into such active and conscious citizens of our country by organizing multiple debate competitions and workshops on various pressing social issues, such as- freedom of speech and expression, climate change, environment conservation, sustainable development, human rights etc. Through these events, DIUDC has sent a strong message to our community that our debaters will always raise their fearless voices for a just cause.
Additionally, in the process of raising their voices and fighting injustice, the debaters of DIUDC have brought glory to the club and the institution by winning numerous championships and appearing in the finals of multiple national debate competitions over the years. Their sustained and continuous success has made DIUDC a force to be reckoned with in the local debating circuit. Bagging three championships and eight runner-up trophies in the last few years is by no means a walk in the park and we at DIUDC feel very proud of each and every accomplishment of our debaters.
In conclusion, I must say that I am fortunate to be the moderator of DIUDC and oversee these enthusiastic and vibrant youths carry the glorious legacy of their predecessors. I hope and pray that DIUDC achieves newer heights in the upcoming days and shatters glass ceilings by permanently carving its name among the debating elites of the country. My prayers are with the persistent and diligent young boys and girls of DIUDC; wish you the very best for the future.
Dr Farhana Helal Mehtab
Professor & Head, Department of Law, DIU
Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Science, DIU