By Dikhya Mohanty
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee becomes the first Indian women administrative head who has been invited for debate at Oxford Union debate. The Oxford Union is considered as one of the most prestigious and notable student society in the world.
The CM of Bengal herself started her political career as a student leader. This is the second time that the Oxford Union, considered the most prominent student society in the world, has invited Banerjee to speak at the debate after 2017.
Founded in 1823, the Oxford Union had earlier hosted several world leaders and legends from various fields, as speakers. Previously, world leaders like US Presidents including Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton; British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron, and Theresa May have participated in the Oxford Union debates.
According to the sources the organizer wanted to host a series of shows next year. The organizers had sorted the dates as per her convenience between 9th January to 15th March 2021. This global debate might happen on a virtual platform due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier Mamata Banerjee had been invited at Harvard University to give a criterion speech in September 2011 and in 2010, while assisting as the railway Union Minister, she was invited at Cambridge University. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to attend either of them but this time, the CM is keen on making a speech.