Hunt for Middleground 26th January 2021

The ‘Hunt for Middleground’ event was a combination of roleplay and debate inter collegiate event conducted by the ED Cell of St. Joseph’s College of Law. It was conducted with an aim to create and raise awareness about the ongoing farmer protests in our country.

The event provided an interactive platform where the set up was two teams would represent two different sects of society , farmers and corporates and they would get to speak in such a manner where the outcome would be to show how the three laws can impact different sections of the society in different ways.

The event was conducted on 26th January 2021 on account of Republic Day as an attempt to enhance the importance of the subject matter.

The invitation was sent to about 20 institutions a week before the event and we received an astounding response from the colleges. We had a total of 15 teams participating in the event. The enthusiasm of the participants were unmatched during and prior to the event. There were no signs of misconduct or misbehaviour from the participants throughout the event.

The participants were judged by two prominent judges, Ms. Kritika R and Mr. Geo Varghese. Kruthika R is a legal researcher who works on issues of constitutional law, digital rights and civil citizenship. She is working as an associate at the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore. Geo C Varghese is an Assistant Professor at St. Joseph's College of Law, Bengaluru. He was formerly associated with the Public Systems Group of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad(IIM A), as an Academic Associate. An engineer by training, he holds a Masters of Public Policy from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.

Both the judges did an exemplary job by giving constructive feedback and comments to the participants.

The winners of the event were:
1st place - Ananya Nadajoshi & Shraddha Halapnavar from KSLU Law School
2nd place - Shruti Mishra & Jyotsana Agarwal from Presidency University
3rd place - Sneha Samson & Taran Govind Menon from St. Joseph’s College of Law
All the participants did commendable work on the day of the event. Their continuous cooperation with the organising team as well as the judges is truly appreciated.

The event would not have been possible without the organising team who worked tirelessly right from the event’s inception to its implementation. The organising team included Rishabh Jain, Prathyusha Harish, Shreyas G, Rahul K, student co-convenor Akash Narayan and student convenor Sandhya Sundarrajan. A special thanks to Ms. Lincy Joykutty, faculty coordinator of the ED Cell. We are extremely grateful for her efforts and guidance.

We would like to thank the Director, the Principal, the Vice Principal and the faculty coordinator for giving us the opportunity and the support to host this event. It wouldn't have been a success without the support.

Written & Submitted by -
Sandhya Sundarrajan and Aakash Narayanan
Student Convenor and Co-convener (ED Cell) SJCL

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