Are mega cities a bad thing for developing nations?

*****

Debating Matters International Final 2013 UK v India

Barbican Centre

London

Saturday 20th October 2013

An entertaining and informative debate was enjoyed as two schools from India and England battled to be crowned Debating Matters schools champions.

National Public School Koramangala from Bangalore, took on the 2012-13 UK national champions, Withington Girls’ School from Manchester.

Samantha Cooke and Sheanna Patelmast - Withington Girls School

Samantha Cooke and Sheanna Patelmast – Withington Girls School

On the subject of ”Are mega cities a bad thing for developing nations”, Withington Girls School represented by Samantha Cooke and Sheanna Patelmast argued for the motion that they are bad for developing nations, whilst National Public Schools Koramengala, represented by Nikhil Amarnath and Iihaam Ashraf, argued that they were positive and cited examples from India and Pakistan.

Nikhil Amarnath and Iihaam Ashraf - National Public Schools Koramengala

Nikhil Amarnath and Iihaam Ashraf  (back row left) – National Public Schools Koramengala

Both teams responded well to a searching examination from a panel of judges.

It was strange to hear London described as not being a mega city. Very odd.

Nikhil Amarnath was very funny. I liked his style. Maybe he knew I was reviewing the debate and was making a late bid to be a nominee for a Tiemo comedy award.

I was of the view that mega cities were not the best way to go for developing cities and it would be better if government, major industry and major tourist attractions were more spread out across a country.

The Judges

The Judges

The audience by a show of hands voted for big cities but the judges who had the only votes that counted voted for Withington Girls Schools and the case they made for smaller cities.

The judging panel comprised Rebecca Walton, Director of Partnerships and Business Development at the British Council, Yogesh Chauhan, Director of Corporate Sustainability at Tata Consultancy Services and Austin Williams, Associate Professor of Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Congratulations to the winners Samantha Cooke and SheannsPatelmast and indeed NikhilAmarnath and Iihaam Ashraf, for putting on an excellent, high quality, well argued debate that was both insightful and good humoured too.

I look forward to the Debating Matters 2014 competition.

©  Review – Tiemo Talk of the Town

© Photos – 2013 Debating Matters

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