WSDC 2009

Team India at World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) 2009, Athens, Greece



India improved on their record in Athens, winning 4 debates and narrowly missing out on the break to the knockout rounds. Rama Sudev finished as an adjudicator on the octofinal panel, the first Indian adjudicator to make the break.


  • Sithara Rasheed: Sithara Rasheed graduated with an MA in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Madras in 2015 and with an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University in 2016. She debated for India at WSDC 2008 and 2009 and coached the team representing the Indian Schools Debating Society(ISDS) at the Russell McVeagh Debating Championship(RMcV), New Zealand, in 2011.
  • Rajalakshmi Natarajan: Rajalakshmi graduated from the Gujarat National Law University before going on to work at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Bangalore. She debated for India in 2008 and 2009. She was a part of the selection panel for future teams, and also helped coach the team representing ISDS at RMcV, New Zealand in 2011. She was adjudged the best oralist at ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition in 2012.
  • Padmapriya Govindarajan: Padmapriya graduated with an Integrated Masters in Development Studies at IIT Madras before going on to a Masters at Peking University, China on the Yenching Scholarship. She debated for India in 2009 and 2012, and has additionally represented ISDS in New Zealand in 2011. She finished as 18th best English as a second language(ESL) speaker at WSDC 2012. She also co-coached the Indian WSDC team in 2014. She has continued to pursue her love for debate, becoming a convenor of the oratory club at IIT Madras. She worked as an Indian correspondent for The Diplomat.
  • Pranav Kumar Shrikanth: Pranav debated for India in 2008, 2009, and 2011. He is currently pursuing the integrated MBA programme at the Indian Institute of Management(IIM), Indore. He also interned with JCB in 2016.
  • Sanchith Shivakumar: Sanchith graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences(NUJS), Kolkata. He debated for India at WSDC 2009, 2010 and 2011 and represented ISDS in New Zealand in 2011. He was adjudged the 8th best ESL speaker at WSDC 2011. He continued to debate actively for his university, reaching the quarterfinals at the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot, and being placed among the top 10 oralists at the tournament.


Andrew Fitch

Andrew debated for Monash University, ranking as the 6th best speaker at the World Universities Debating Championships(WUDC) 2005, in which he was also a semi-finalist. He was also a finalist at the Australasian Debating Championship in 2003, where he was adjudged the 8th best speaker. He went on to serve on the chief adjudication panel of the same tournament in 2005. He coached the Indian team to the World Schools Debating Championships(WSDC) 2008, 2009, and 2011. He coached the England WSDC team in 2016 and 2017.

The team was managed by Mrs. Rama J Sudev.

A pioneer in bringing the ‘World Schools Debating Championship’ format of debating to India, ISDS continually trains young Indians with the assistance of the best debaters from around the world, creating a new pool of ever growing fierce Indian debaters that are eager to give back.