SRINAGAR: Organisers of a three day conference, aimed at stimulating discussions on India’s quest for a permanent seat in United Nations Security Council, faced an embarrassing situation on Monday when the audience, mostly students, openly expressed their disliking for stars of the Indian Cricket and Bollywood. The conference is being held at Green Valley Educational Institute, Buchpora, Srinagar,
The embarrassing situation arose when Rishabh Sharma, founder of Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN)-organisers of the conference- was speaking at the inaugural day on Monday.
Expecting an enthusiasm filled cheering at the mention of cricket and Bollywood stars, Rishabh asked the audience as how many of them liked Virat Kohli. However he was shocked to see a cold response from the audience who yelled a big NO. This left the organizers as well as the guests, including Governor N N Vohra red faced.
Trying to control the damage done, Rishabh this time switched to Bollywood, expecting some warm response from the audience. However he faced a similar response when he asked the audience how many of them liked Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor.
To recover from embarrassment, Shah started praising India and her ‘achievements’ and asked students whether they want a better future or not. The students this time replied in affirmative. However when Shah posed a tricky question if ‘India deserved a permanent seat at the UNSC’, the students once again echoed big ‘NO’ leaving both the guests and the speaker utterly disappointed.
Apparently, when nothing worked out well for the organizers, an uneasy calm prevailed for the next few minutes. Shah then started to share his love story with audience comprising students.
Later, some faculty members stood up to check from where the negative responses were coming. Speaking on the occasion, Governor suggested the founders of the NGO that they should also focus on local issues here which are very much concerned with us. Lauding the efforts of IIMUN, which is academic simulation of the UN, the Governor observed that this educative forum is doing a commendable job in providing a responsible medium for the youth to put forth their ideas, visions and perceptions and shaping them into future leaders of society.