He spoke with a vigour and an enthusiasm that many in polarised Gujarat undoubtedly subscribe to and clapped. So when a school student was awarded the trophy for his oratorial clarity, subject knowledge and passionate debate on “My Ideal:Nathuram Godse”, hundreds of people clapped. Several stood up to give the student a standing ovation for his conviction. Vibes of India sought the video footage both from the school and the local government but “orders are out not to share it “.
The Valsad district Sports and Cultural activities chief organised the local talent hunt show on the morning of Valentines Day. More than 375 students across the district participated in various activities, over 12 of them, including singing, dancing, model making and others.
The talent show was organised at Kusum Vidyalaya in Valsad but its coordinator Archana Desai says they are nowhere involved. “The local district sports and cultural activities chief organised the event and we were simply asked to provide the premises. “We have a big campus. So we did that”, she adds. We did not even participate, she claims on a video. However Vo! can share that it was not the truth.
Interestingly, Kusum Vidyalaya is run by the well known Desai family of Valsad. The school coordinator is Archana Desai who is the sister of Acting Surat City Congress president Naishadh Desai. Though belonging to Congress family, the school did not protest holding of a debate on My ideal Nathuram Godse on its’ campus.
Tehsheel Vajid Sheikh of Kusum Vidyalaya participated and won too. She spoke on I will become a scientist and not go to America. Vivek Desai, administrator of the school told this to Vo! denying the school coordinator Archana Desai’s claim that their school did not participate.
However, the activities, competition and prize distribution all went till two alert citizens brought to attention the fact that the first prize winner in the debate competition was a kid who passionately spoke on why he believes and his ideal is Nathuram Godse. He was awarded the trophy for his oratorial clarity, subject knowledge, speaking prowess and passion for the subject.
The story twists from here. Two concerned citizens raised the issue about the topic and the trophy.
Now 48 hours after the competition was organised, the District Sports and Cultural Activities chief has changed the name of the winner and the Nathuram Godse trophy has been recalled. All this was done swiftly. Now the District sports and cultural activities chief also stands suspended. SHe did not talk to Vibes of India.
Valsad is in South Gujarat. As soon as the news spread, after 24 hours of the talent hunt programme, the Gujrat government has suspended the Valsad chief of sports and cultural activity blaming her for the choice of subject. “We will investigate the matter furthermore. As of now Mita Gawli, the person responsible has been suspended”. Gujarat Minister of home affairs Harsh Sanghvi has announced an inquiry on what actually happened.
Sources tell Vibes of India that Mita Gawli was not the only one who okayed the topic. But now the government would not even give out names and has interestingly also withdrawn the first prize from the kid and taken the trophy back. The student is shocked. “I really worked hard on it and had taken my teachers also into confidence. This is just not fair”, he said teary-eyed. Vibes of India (VO!) is not printing his picture since he is a minor.
There were three debate topics. I will become a Scientist and Not go to America, All I want is to be a bird and fly in the sky and My Ideal:Nathuram Godse.