I had begun writing this entry some months back but there was no trigger to bring it out. Last evening when I happened to see some videos I thought , “This one is indeed historic which I will cherish throughout my life!”.I wonder why I couldn’t bring it out until these vacations. I remember my great grandpa telling me stories of how he was arrested by the Britishers and how they planned an escape and I always thought, “Damn!! Why did the Britishers leave? I will have no stories to tell my grandchildren!”(That too not only a normal story, but an eventful one.)
Right from my school days I always dreamt of representing my school, college and even my country in any competition. Moreover I dreamt of winning it and winning against my favorite opposition would be like icing on the cake. I still remember coming 2nd in group dance competition in which we had beaten our rival GIRLS school. God!!I still remember the way we had celebrated after that.
When i talk abt this particular incident my fingers still freeze, throat swells up.It was the 5th round of IIT Delhi parliamentary debate. I was sitting with my team mates waiting for the match ups to be announced. We had lost the previous two rounds so this was mighty crucial for us. A win would brighten our chances to quarters.We had to be careful about every step we took.The screen lit up on stage and the theme appeared on it – SPORTS!! The whole crowd roared with enthusiasm. It was the theme every team was waiting for.I could feel my heart in my mouth. Then came another screen flash and the match ups appeared.It was MSRIT B(my team) v/s Lahore School of Economics(Pak).My heart skipped a beat.Paki teams are known for their eloquence and more importantly amazing line of thought. Our team consisting of engineers had one single weapon -LOGIC!!!All teams started moving towards the respective venues for the debate.
We had to wait in hall itself as it was our venue. Since our opposition was an international team we had IIT D profs too watching the debate. Then came the toss -We happened to win the toss and decided to go as proposition (or government).We had to decide upon the topic of the debate out of the three topics which given to us. The topic turned out be on CRICKET and so this debate too is close to my heart. Explains why I call it historic. Its INDIA v/s PAKISTAN,in DELHI and on CRICKET!! It was simply historic to the core for me. The topic was whether the use of technology had to be increased in cricket (basically referred to the use of Snickometer).But we took it to the decision referral system to the third umpire. We exactly put on the same case modeled on referral system in tennis and mind you the player s referral system wasn’t in place or discussion in cricket(this was way back in Feb 2008)I had thought of it, thanks to my minuscule love for tennis and sports magazines.I knew such a system existed there which would help us in case the opposition cried of player s acceptability.
We managed to catch them off guard with such a case but still Pakistani teams are fighters(like cricketers) specially when playing against India especially when cricket is involved. I happened to be the last speaker from my team. So i knew the pressure was on me. Though my first two speakers had done an exemplary job, I still had to present the last speech and finish it off.As i went on to speak, I looked at the audience their faces as tensed as viewers of the last ball of LAGAAN match. The judges waiting for me to start my speech. The opposition waiting for me to make the slightest of mistakes. I began rebutting some of the basic points which were misunderstood by the other team. As I went on I became more louder and aggressive. It was this moment I waited for so many years.
A chance to stand on the stage wearing a badge which had ‘India on it’ and fight the war(of words) against Pakistan(my fav opponents) on a platform of cricket(my religion).I remember as i finished my speech I just walked back to my team and asked them how it was.They told me it was my best in the tournament. One of my team-mates also remarked I had an extra tinge of conviction than I normally have while speaking.
Finally when results were out,we had won the debate! I remember I almost went crazy on streets of IIT D. Celebrating, yelling and running all over the place. For others it was just a debate which we had won. For me it was a dream, which still is fresh in my mind (and will always be).Thus it was an experience which I think will be a good story to my grandchildren.
INDEED HISTORIC !!!