5 - Why was Verbattle founded?
The founder of Verbattle, Deepak Thimaya, realised that while many countries had
major debating championships, India, the biggest democracy in the world, did not
have a large debating culture. No culture was found in its education system by way
of competitions, or in the public domain. So he thought of starting a debating activity
that would be on par with any international debating activity
Thimaya, who had been working as a media person and also as a communications specialist,
thought that as debating played an indisputable and responsible role in strengthening
democratic systems and practices in our society, the format of Verbattle could most
importantly not only instill qualities of tolerance and understanding, but also
be used as an effective tool for conflict resolution - be it at a personal level
or between nations. Hence Verbattle was established as an all-encompassing solution
for all the communication and public dominion challenges in our society, not only
as a highly achievable model but also as something applicable to many facets of
every individual's life.