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THERE WAS A REASON WHY IT WAS ADAM AND EVE, NOT ADAM AND STEVE [Archives]

Day 1 Session 1
PWSMUN 2015



The first session of the AIPPM started off quite informally, with the Chairperson changing the seating arrangement so that the members could be seated with their parties and allies. There was a lot of murmuring as the members bonded over moving chairs and desks. There was an abundance of parties from every corner of India, from Indian National Congress and Aam Aadmi Party to Shiromani Akali Dal and Sikkim Democratic Front. The controversial agenda, "Section 377 of the Penal Code" was discussed thoroughly as each member who wished to speak made valid and relevant points. However, many of them contradicted themselves greatly. For example, a member of the Indian National Congress first called his party homophobic and then said that the rights of the LGBT community are among their top priorities. Even so, this was fruitful to debate as the rest of the members immediately caught on to this and worked from there.
The LGBT community of India is vocally against the BJP and they have an integral role in this debate as the governing party of India, yet most of them were not speaking, thus restricting a freer flow of debate.
The atmosphere in the room was exactly as it should be. Each member was taking his/her allotted member very seriously and personified their every characteristic. The leader of the Aam Aadmi Party even burst into committee with a broom and a hat saying “I am an Aam Aadmi and I want freedom” to emphasize what his party stands for. Some of the members of the AIPPM showed their support for the agenda by passing notes with ‘#LGBTrocks’ and ‘#lovewins’ on them, adding a little bit of the modern era to the agenda.
The chair assured all the members in the committee that speaking in both Hindi and English was completely acceptable and many of them gave it a shot, however, everyone present in committee quickly realized that they should stick to English.
In the middle of the session, AAP's leader was missing from his seat and was found sweeping a floor in the corner. It seemed as if he was sneakily spying on everyone over the top of his broom. Moreover, a member of the Janta Dal (united) clearly made his stand on the agenda known by saying “There was a reason why it was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”. Shocked and scandalized expressions ran rampant through the room as the debate intensified until it was time to break session for snacks.

Reporter: Kashvi Sarup
Editor: Simran Singh


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