By Namrata Roy & Saranya Dash
Mock MUNs are the crucial quintessential step towards becoming a pro-MUNer. MUNs are predominantly known for being extremely formal and having some hard rules and regulations set on stone. One has to be careful in abiding by the rules if one wants to take part in a MUN, especially if he/she wants to participate as a delegate.
To make the interested delegates informed about the ordinances of an MUN, the Mock MUN went on for two days and was held on first and second February. It was meant exclusively for the students of VSSUT and was aimed at making them familiar with the environment of an actual MUN and the procedures to be followed. The Mock MUN had two committees- The UNGA-SOCHUM and The Lok Sabha.
The committee, UNGA-SOCHUM (United Nations General Assembly SOcial, Cultural and HUManitarian Rights) saw a gathering of over 50 eager participants. On the first day of the Mock MUN workshop, the delegates were given a detailed run-through of the whole idea behind MUNs and the rules that are followed during the proceedings of the sessions.
This committee was mentored by the secretary-general of VSSCON himself, Sattwik Patnaik, who had the experience of attending and chairing no less than 30 MUNs. Under his esteemed guidance, the interested delegates were given all the information, rules and regulations, and jargons to follow. The delegates braced themselves to delve into an intense verbal battle and debate for the next 24 hours of the session.
The agenda of this committee was “Protection of Human Rights in case of armed conflicts with special emphasis on the ongoing crisis in the Middle-East.” The delegates found it a very engrossing topic since it focused on alleviating the hardships of civilian victims of war by protecting their basic rights. It emphasised on the current situation in the middle-east involving countries like Iran and Iraq with the crisis they were facing with the United States.
Following the informative workshop, the day saw the start of the UNGA-SOCHUM committee. It began with the General Speaker’s List (GSL) where each of the delegates were required to speak for a given time period on the agenda provided to them and their allotted country’s stance on it. Due to a shortage of time, the GSL had to be postponed until the beginning of the second day of the session. The UNGA-SOCHUM is different from the other committees in the UN. This committee is a crisis committee which deals with crisis and unforeseeable situations introduced to it on an abrupt notice without any nuances of a time limit. With a crisis being introduced suddenly, the delegates are expected to work swiftly and deftly to solve the crisis. The instantaneous and fast-paced actions made the committee much more interesting.
The delegates showed diligence by tackling the issue and debating against each other to come up with the most suitable solution for the crisis in hand. The direction of the debate took multiple twists and turns pushing the committee into a new level of excitement. With the introduction of every new crisis, it witnessed an effortless succession of the delegates taking furious notes and split-second decisions. Each delegate had a diplomatic comeback ready.
Despite the seriousness of the session, it also had its fair share of light, laughter and fun, a necessity in such intense situations. The second day of the committee was a challenging and vivacious day with delegates participating in vigorous debates and expressing their powerful points. With the end of the committee approaching, the debate took turn to form a solution and suggesting ideas to deal with the crisis at hand. By 4:00 PM, the committee had jointly come up with solutions to tackle the problems and thus, came an end to an exhaustive but energetic day.
The committee went on for two days in a very organized and interesting manner and the major part of the credit goes to the Chair, Sattwik Patnaik who never once hesitated to put in all efforts to make the committee successful, exciting and overall amazing. He ensured that all the delegates were given equal opportunities to express themselves and was a constant source of encouragement and energy for all the delegates. Overall, the committee was an enriching and fun experience for all the delegates and organisers and proved to be an ornamental event for debaters.
The Lok Sabha is the most significant House of Indian Parliament. It is the Lower House of the Parliament whose members are directly elected by the people.
When it comes to MUN in India we can never have a complete conference without holding LOK SABHA as a committee. In VSSCON Mock Mun 2020 there were 20 participants with 11 from the ruling party and 9 from the opposition. The agenda for the discussion was the implementation of the Citizen Amendment Bill.
The first day of the workshop included the description of rules and procedures by Atul Saswat (Chief-of-staffs VSSCON 2020), the speaker of the house. In Loksabha 5 moderated Caucus and 1 one-on-one had taken place. Both the opponent and the ruling party completely justified their opinions with immense evidence. In opposition, we had some of the evident leaders of different political parties like Mr Asaudin Owasi, Mr Hemant Godse, Mr Kapil Sibal, Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Coming to the ruling parties we had the intermediary leaders of Union Cabinet including the Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi. The leaders of the ruling party included Sri Amit Shah, Mrs Nirmala Sitaraman, Mr Piyush Goel, Mrs Smriti Irani, Mr Prakash Javadekar, Mr Raj Kumar Singh and many more.
The second day of the workshop ended with a one-on-one between Sri Amit Shah and Mr Asaudin Owasi which was highly commendable. The house came up with the conclusion of passing the citizen amendment act as a Citizen Amendment Bill as there was a clear majority in the house. Loksabha was definitely a one time opportunity to all the participants to experience working of the Indian government and realising the capability and power of a leader.
VSSCON MOCK MUN 2020 was the two days of intense experience and knowledge for enhancing skills and performing prominently in the upcoming MODEL UNITED NATIONS. The winners of the Mock Mun 2020 were rewarded by the Secretariat of VSSCON 2020. Mock Mun 2020 was genuinely advantageous for all the participants as well as the organisers to find the obscured and emerging talents in the field of MUN. MOCK MUN 2020 is definitely a huge success and a lucrative approach for conducting VSSCON 2020.