Sunday, August 31, 2014

Talk Show on Governments by Parents

As part of our UOI topic, Governments, my class- VB organized a talk show on why Governments are needed. In this talk, we invited parents to explain about different forms of Government like Monarchy, Democracy, Dictatorship and Communism. The countries that were discussed in this session were The United States of America and India. Aspects like the set-up by the Government, who controls the Government, and a lot of trivia related to Governments in these two countries were covered. This talk was in the form of a Q&A session where parents answered various questions posed by us, the students. These questions touched various aspects of Governmental systems like:

1.       What is the need for a Government?
2.       Why can there not be only one Government for the whole world?
3.       How would we compare the US Government system with the Indian Government system?
4.       Can the Government misuse its power?
After this session we have the answers to most of our blanks about the Government. Using these answers, we will cover the whole system of governance.
We also learnt new interesting facts like:
1.       The US Constitution was drafted in 1789 making the US the world’s oldest modern democracy.
2.       The Indian Government is more of a centralized system while the US is more of a decentralized Government system.
3.       The Indian Constitution was drafted by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and was adopted on the 26th of January, 1950 (and hence we celebrate that day as Republic Day).
4.       In the US, the President  is the head of the government while in India it is the Prime Minister.
Other interesting trivia that we learnt through the talk show were:
1.       The Freedom Tower in the US is 1,776 feet tall signifying the year of the US independence.
2.       John Hancock signed the US Declaration of Independence.
3.       We have 26 High Courts in India for the 29 states.
4.       Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the first President of independent India.
5.       Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of India, was instrumental in uniting the princely states of India.
This was a very informative session and so, I think we should have more such sessions. -Ratnam VB