“OLD vs. YOUNG RAVIANS” debate organized on 20th-Nov-2017

“OLD vs. YOUNG RAVIANS” debate organized on 20th-Nov-2017


The Old Ravians Union (ORU) is going to hold a “OLD vs. YOUNG RAVIANS” debate on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore from 10:30am to 1:00pm. The topic of the debate is “Yours generation has failed the nation”, and obviously the Old Ravians team would defend their generation against the shinning orators from the university’s Debating Society.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that the “OLD vs. YOUNG RAVIANS Debate” was one of the oldest traditions of the Government College Lahore which played a vital role in bridging the gap between the thoughts of two generations. He hoped that it would be an interesting match and their young speakers would give a tough time to the team Old Ravians.

ORU Honorary Secretary Prof Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt said that their team would include poet Mr. Irshad Ullah-Khan, eminent scholar Dr. Arifa Sayyeda Zehra and Mr. Nasir Muneef Qureshi, and all ORU members are invited to this interesting event.

Recalling that generations of orators had been groomed by GCU, Prof Siddique Awan, the advisor of Debating Society, cited interesting episodes of Old versus Young Ravians Debates, where on two occasions, fathers and sons came face to face with each other.

In the late 1960s, the then editor of Dawn, Mazhar Ali Khan, and his son, Tariq Ali, a celebrated writer, contested against each other. In mid 1990s, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan and son Ali Hassan locked horns on the motion “Men are democratic by nature while women are despotic.” However, father being the opponent did not deter Ali from arguing his case effectively and the audience eventually gave their verdict in favour of the son, agreeing that it was men and not women who were to be blamed.

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