In a first-ever, an Indian student and debating team have managed to win the World Schools Debating Championships and bringing home the laurels this year are Chennai students Tejas Subramaniam, Bhavya Shah, Manya Gupta, Saranya Ravindran and Prithvi Arun who even won the best speakers though at different ranks. While Tejas bagged the trophy for ‘Best speaker in the world’, Bhavya, the first visually impaired speaker, was ranked the sixth-best speaker in the world and Manya carried home the trophy for the 14th best speaker in the world. Also Read - Remembering V Shanta: The Colossus of Cancer Care in India Dies at 93; Condolences Pour in For Padma Awardee

The Indian team was pitted against tough competitors from native English-speaking countries who have usually dominated the winning trophy especially Australia, which has majorly won the championship and England. This year, the championship was held in Bangkok where our team effortlessly and invincibly opted for topics like international relations and economics over sports and pop culture to land with their thunderous win. Also Read - Man Goes on Stabbing Spree After Claiming He is 'Possessed', Declares That The World is Going to End

In the final round, team India proposed the motion “This house regrets the glorification of soldiers as heroes” and defeated Canada by 9-0, a feat never achieved before in the past decade. Also Read - After Failing 157 Times, Man Finally Passes His Learner's Test for Driving

In an interview with the New Indian Express, Tejas, a student of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School in Chennai, shared his experience of conquering the global debating circuit, “Because we are accented, sometimes I think we are not understood. Like, for example, when the judges give us our feedback, they tell us you made a new argument in your third speech when we clearly made it in our earlier speeches too.”