| Students take part in the mock Parliament at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Marshal: Mannya Sabhasadon, Mananiya Adhyakshji (honourable members, honourable Speaker madam)
Speaker arrives, takes seat
Speaker: Secretary general please …
Secretary general: Nishant Kumar Singh, elected from Patna Sahib parliamentary constituency, will now take oath
(Nishant produces his certificate to the secretary general)
Secretary general: Sir, do you want to take oath?
Nishant: Oath please
Secretary general: In which language would you like to take oath?
Nishant: I, Nishant Kumar Singh, having …..
The above interaction was not witnessed in Parliament but at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kankerbagh, on Wednesday, which played host to the 26th Regional-Level Youth Parliament Competition. Students enacted the roles of members, Speaker and others.
Five schools from the Patna region battled it out for the honours. The institutes had hardly left out any current issue. The opposition was raising questions and putting allegations on the ruling party and the ministers were seen explaining their point of view. Enacting what happens in the Parliament, cries of “shame shame” and thumping the tables were part of the action. The Speaker, in his usual way, was asking them to maintain silence and decorum.
The reaction of the audience said it all — they simply loved it. The performances of the pupils proved that the Gen-Y is aware of what is happening in Indian politics and across the country. From the food bill or the education system to the slump in the value of the rupee, all aspects were covered in the competition.
Awadhesh Narayan Singh, the chairperson of Legislative Council, was the chief guest at the event.
Singh said: “Democracy is the best system for any regime. Tomorrow’s India is in the hands of children and the kids should get trained on how the Parliament functions. They should not forget the saying of Kalam that one should always dream high.