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The victory of several far-right organizations has emboldened the xenophobic elements of our society.

Do read this article via link by Niranjan Jahagirdar and Krishnadev R Menon

https://bitsmunpilani.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/rise-of-right-wing-politics/

#5: The Sepoy Mutiny of 1857

The traditional story of the Sepoy Mutiny is that the introduction of a new cartridge for the Enfield rifle provoked much of the trouble.

The cartridges were wrapped in paper, which had been coated in a grease which made the cartridges easier to load in rifle barrels. Rumors began to spread that the grease used to make the cartridges was derived from pigs and cows, which would be highly offensive to Muslims and Hindus.

On March 29, 1857, on the parade ground at Barrackpore, a sepoy named Mangal Pandey fired the first shot of the uprising. His unit in the Bengal Army, which had refused to use the new rifle cartridges, was about to be disarmed and punished. Pandey rebelled by shooting British sergeant-major and a lieutenant.

In the altercation, Pandey was surrounded by British troops and shot himself in the chest. He survived, and was put on trial and hanged on April 8, 1857.

This mutiny is said to have bought the end of the English East India Company in India.
BITSMUN Pilani presents a new series on historic events that changed the world, written by Mainak Mandal.

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#4: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a major event in the Civil Rights Movement. It occurred in Montgomery, Alabama where the city buses were segregated. Black passengers were required by law to ride in the back of the bus.
On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks, an African American woman, refused to give her bus seat to a white person. She was arrested and sent to jail. In protest about 40,000 black people boycotted the Montgomery city buses, refusing to ride. The boycott lasted 381 days. On November 13, 1956, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision to desegregate the buses. In response the city of Montgomery passed a law allowing black passengers to sit anywhere on the buses. The boycott ended on December 20, 1956.
Parks' refusal to give up her seat accelerated the Civil Rights Movement and thrust it into global spotlight. The success of the movement has ended racial discrimination across the world to a good extent.

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Presenting the Executive Board for our third college committee, Lok Sabha.

Mr. Parth Pareek is a law graduate also holding degrees in finance and accounting. A soon to be published author he has an avid interest in Cricket and Music. He wants to lead the foray of educated youth into the politics of our nation.

A seasoned and passionate debater he attended his first MUN conference as a Sixth Grader and has become hooked to the concept of academic simulations ever since. He went on to attend more than a hundred such simulations in varying capacities and is truly one of the veterans of such debates in India. An ardent supporter of Centre-right wing politics he seeks to inspire people who are young of age to exercise their democratic rights of electing the right government to bring constructive change or becoming a part of the government by being the elected.
With varying fields of interests he claims that life gradually ensures that each person stumble upon his/her passions. What matters in the end is the realisation on part of that individual. "My name is Bhoomik Sharma. I belong to Mansa, a young district in the State of Punjab. I completed my school from St. Peter's College, Agra. I later graduated from Jaypee University of Engineering and Technology, Guna in Mechanical Engineering. I started debating in my senior years at school and my first Youth Parliament was in the January of 2014, at a sister institute in Waknaghat. Since then I've been a part of several conferences including Youth Parliaments in various capacities across the nation.

I hope this conference will be everything I've heard about it. Looking forward to a constructive argument." Regards
Bhoomik Sharma

#3: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, happened on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo. They were shot dead by Gavrilo Princip.
Princip was one of a group of six assassins (five from Serbia and one from Bosnia). The political reason for the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's South Slav provinces so they could be combined into a new country, Yugoslavia.

This soon led to the outbreak of war in Europe at the end of July 1914. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Both country's allies became involved in the war, and soon most of Europe became involved. The Archduke's death is considered to be the event that marked the beginning of the First World War.

BITSMUN Pilani presents a new series on historic events that changed the world, written by Mainak Mandal.

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#2: Start of the Modern Olympic Games

Building on the ideals of the Wenlock Olympian Society and their Olympian Games in Much Wenlock, Pierre de Coubertin gathered a delegation of sports enthusiasts, politicians and others at the first Olympic Congress at the University of Paris between 16-23 June 1894. The result of this came out to be the 1896 Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece with 241 athletes from 14 countries.
Today the Olympic Movement has grown to witness 11,237 participants from an astounding 205 countries at the previous Olympic Games in Rio. The Olympics has grown from a sporting event, to an event witnessing the confluence of nations across the world, irrespective of their differences, to take part in sport and foster harmony.

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#1: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Among the most infamous border walls to have existed, one which ran right through the middle of a city, separating it into domains of two sovereign states, the Berlin Wall kept West German and East German citizens from experiencing the other's world for nearly five decades.
With growing pressure on the Politburo (the principal policy-making committee of the former Soviet Union) due to the ever increasing but peaceful demonstrations in East Germany, the Politburo decided to ease restrictions on travel to the West.
However, the announcement made on 9th November 1989 by Gunter Schabowski took the world by surprise. When asked about when the regulations would come into effect, he (some consider erroneously) stated, “immediately, without delay”. The mass euphoria that followed led to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the beginning of the end for communism and, as a whole, the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc.

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Presenting the Executive Board for our second college committee, United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Ashwath Komath is currently a Master's student of International Relations from South Asian University, New Delhi and is a graduate of Political Science from Fergusson College, Pune. Diplomacy, foreign policy, human rights and security issues are some of his main interests.
He is fond of writing and has written for various outlets such as the Indian Economist, The Intellectual Post and International Knowledge Network for Women in Politics (iknowpolitics.org) on different issues. He has also written a book on the recent emergence of the ISIS titled "Musings on the Islamic State". His birth and upbringing in the United Arab Emirates has prompted him to develop a deep interest in the Middle East region. He is an avid reader, and has a deep interest in non-fiction.

Raavi Uttarwar is a third year Electronics and Telecommunication student from Pune. She started her MUN career is 2014 and is being mentored by Ashwath Komath.
She has been Under Secretary General at Pune Model UN 2017 and has a huge soft spot for Human Rights. Raavi feels very strongly about MUNs and finds the growing participation of youngsters in MUN conferences refreshing. When it comes to committee simulation, she takes compliance with procedure and code of conduct very seriously, but otherwise is a very approachable person.
Her favourite thing about MUNs is the amount of research that goes into. She feels that the content that you come across while preparing for an MUN could tell you about areas that interest but you didn't they did.

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Presenting the Executive Board for our first college committee, United Nations Commission of the Status of Women.

Neel Duttaroy is a graduate from H.L College of Commerce, Ahmedabad and is currently pursuing his Masters in Politics and International Relations from Central University of Gujarat.He has knowledge of various domains and cultures and has been a part of MUNs since for a long time in various capacities such as Executive Board, Advisor and Secretary General and is known for hosting conferences which has been substantively very strong. His basic interest lies in International Relations and Public Policy as subjects as he believes simulations like Model UN conferences are the most appropriate medium to raise awareness about domestic and world issues besides finding solutions for the same. He looks forward to serving as the Chairperson of UNCSW. "Myself Aditya Kumar, a final year Electrical Engineering student from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.In comparison to many, l am a relative rookie inductee into the model UN circuit. My brief, albeit surreal encounter with MUNs has enamoured me beyond the realms of my own imagination. I started participating in MUNs one and a half years ago and today, l stand here with an experience of more than 35 MUNs with quite a few awards and even more MUN lessons.They have taught me a lot of lessons and helped me get acquainted with the traits of diplomacy and the art of problem solving through deliberation and negotiation. I am looking forward to a very high quality of debate in one of the most prestigious MUN conferences of the country, in a entirely new circuit for myself and expect the delegates to optimise their research and use it to come out with practical solutions; with a properly directed debate flow. BITSMUN is one conference which I have been willing to attend since the last two years. Looking forward to well-researched delegates and an amazing Secretariat and the OC."
- Aditya Kumar

Presenting the Executive Board for our second school committee, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Saumya Mukhopadhyay has graduated from KIIT University as a Mechanical Engineer and is currently working as a software consultant at Accenture, Pune. He feels honoured to serve as the Executive Board member and has a distinct respect for this conference. He hopes that the delegates will be innovative and come up with substantive debate in order to have a fruitful proceeding of the committee. “Having been a part of BITSMUN 2017 as well, I have never been so eager and welcomed for any other conference in India because of the tremendous hospitality and warmth that I had received last year by Anirudh Tusnial. Having said that, it would be my privilege to serve in the capacity of President for this year’s edition of BITSMUN Pilani.” “Hello, I am Anurag Chakrabarti, currently working in MU Sigma. I started attending Model United Nation 4 years back when I was in 2nd year and since then I have always been fascinated by the idea of these conferences. For me Model United Nations not only provided a platform where people show their debating and public speaking skills, but also a place which moulds you into a leader, someone who will walk the road with everyone. The best thing about Model UN’s is that one needs to do some serious research and in the process gains a taste of international politics and laws. I am proud to be a part of this event and I hope I won't let down the people who gave me this precious opportunity.
See you all at BITS PILANI this coming year.”
- Anurag Chakrabarti

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Presenting the Executive Board for our first school committee, the Economic and Social Council.

Soumya Basu has been a Model UN enthusiast for well over six years now, primarily because of his interest in the functioning of the UN. Moving away from a competitive platform, he looks forward to a holistic development of an individual through the platform of Model UN. Having chaired conferences in Dhaka, Kathmandu, Singapore, Hamburg, Astana, Beirut, Addis Ababa, and of course, India, he looks forward to bring a global sense of responsibility in the youth of India. Professionally he works as a patent prosecutor in Delhi, and he is an engineering graduate by education. "Hi, I'm Narayan Sharma, a 3rd year Engineering student at KIIT University.
I fell in love with the concept of Model UNs about 3 years ago and my meticulous efforts and high spirits have made me grow not just as a public speaker but also as a diplomat.
I firmly believe that whatever I have learnt in my journey is more important than where the journey has taken me today. After travelling a score of different cities, I feel that my true reward is the few people, Model UNs has blessed me with. As a fellow international politics enthusiast, I'm sure we'll have too much to talk about, too much to never forget.
I would be more than just very proud of being a small beacon of light for you all, this coming year at BITSMUN Pilani. "
- Narayan Sharma

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"As I look around I see the crumbling ruins of a proud civilization strewn like a vast heap of futility. And yet I shall not commit the grievous sin of losing faith in Man. I would rather look forward to the opening of a new chapter in his history after the cataclysm is over and the atmosphere rendered clean with the spirit of service and sacrifice. Perhaps that dawn will come from this horizon, from the East where the sun rises. A day will come when unvanquished Man will retrace his path of conquest, despite all barriers, to win back his lost human heritage." -Rabindranath Tagore, Crisis of Civilization

This speech by Tagore at Santiniketan in April 1941 was his last speech. Tagore had been unwell for some time, yet his words were very moving.
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The BITSMUN Society is proud to present the 10th edition of BITSMUN, from 2nd to 4th February, 2018.
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