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Youth Parliament ’16 : JCC(RAW)

Mrigakshi Sharma | Staff Writer

The Joint Crisis Committee of the Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) started off on the back foot. After the first few warm up discussions and instructional breaks, the meeting began to take shape. Nearing the first break, the committee was slightly overwhelmed by the ISI directives and the additional updates. Things heated up though, after the Indian defenses were stepped up and made virtually impenetrable. Directives were flying across the AB5 corridors with a parliamentary sense of urgency.  The Army chief and Chief of Air Force lost all cool after the socially offensive hand played by ISI, and systematically turned up their aggression and pace of action. That was the turning point in the game for RAW. As instructed by the co-Chairs, the delegates played to the words,’ Defend. Plan. Offend.’

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The committee broke for lunch and returned with hearty smirks and little death chits that they intended on deploying one by one. That was when the most, quite literally, ground breaking directive zip lined across the hall and left the delegates more argumentatively enthused than surprised. The ISI made an attempt to deploy nuclear weapons over the Srinagar base. Shot down by the Indian defenses, the nuclear warhead detonated a little way off of Tiger hill. Not only was this observed as a violation of the NFU but it also lead to a rise of anti-Pak sentiment in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) for their blatant disregard for human life. This brought an end to the parliamentary session. In the final five-point plan of action, India demanded the restoration of the 1947 international border. They kept their feet planted firmly to the moral high ground, having left the opposition with only a threat of nuclear attack.

The day saw a progression of intense situations and wartime anxiety. The co-Chairs of the committee were dynamic, effective, and charismatic. They gave the delegates some much needed tough love and real time advice on the Indian attitude and warfare. As the co-Chair rightly stated, “It’s like a game of battleship, except you don’t take turns”

Ironically, the victorious RAW committee found itself proficient at serving the ‘raw’ end of the deal to the ISI. The intricate detailing and quick thinking of the delegates was impressive to say the least. The day-long event was thoroughly entertaining and informative in equal measure, with comical gestures being shared between sessions of intense, fact based strategizing. It was a unique experience to witness how the Kargil war would have panned out had its reins been in the hands of the students of MIT.

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