The new generation with logical and open minds will lead the country in the future, speakers told the inaugural ceremony of Robi-Drishty National Debate Championship 2014 in Chittagong city yesterday.
Debating helps people grow a logical mind, and logical people are required to push the country forward, said Wasika Ayesha Khan, an Awami League lawmaker. She urged the participants to know and project the history of the country's Liberation War properly.
Students from 36 schools and 12 colleges in Chittagong district and 24 universities across the country are taking part in the 10-day contest. Winners will be announced on August 30.
Editor and Publisher of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam, who inaugurated the championship as chief guest at Theatre Institute, urged the students not to look down upon the beliefs and sentiments of others.
He said debating would benefit students in every sphere of their lives and would enhance the possibility of their success.
The championship is the 22nd edition of inter-school debate, 12th edition of inter-college debate and 11th edition of inter-university debate that Drishty Chittagong has been organising in Chittagong city over the past 22 years.
Wahed Malek, managing editor of the daily Azadi; Nazmul Karim, area manager of Robi Axiata Ltd, Chittagong; and Masud Bakul, president of Drishty Chittagong, also addressed the programme.