Emergency Session of the Indian Parliament

Topic Area Summary:

The Emergency Session of the Indian Parliament will be dealing with the Indian intervention in the Sri Lankan Civil War. The pressure from Indian Tamils and the desire to project India as a regional power was one of the main reasons India got involved in the conflict in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan Civil War was an armed insurgency against the Sri Lankan Government by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE fought to create an independent Tamil state called Tamil Eelam. In 1983, the Indian Government initially got involved in the conflict through its intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and provided arms and training to several Tamil militant groups including LTTE.

This conflict was one of the few incidents in which the Indian Government got involved in a foreign country. Delegates, in this committee you are expected to successfully resolve the conflict in Sri Lanka. The action (or inaction) of the Indian Government will have a profound impact on the future of Sri Lanka and the region. Delegates, a wise man once said, ‘with great power comes great responsibility.’ Use your power wisely.


Letter from the Director:

Dear Delegates,

The world today is being torn apart from all sides. The spread of terrorism, the magnitude of the refugee crisis, growing hunger and poverty are just few of the issues which are contributing to this. The strength and will power to combat these issues comes from international collaboration and diplomacy. But now, it seems that these pillars are collapsing. This is best exemplified by events such as Brexit, rising tensions between Russia and the western bloc and the failure to respond effectively to crises in the middle east among other things.

One of the most important aspects in present conflict resolution is introspection about the past and trying to resolve past conflicts in a better manner. Not only does this help prepare effectively for future conflicts but also find our missteps so that we don’t make the same errors again. This was one of the main reasons I decided to direct the Emergency Session of the Indian Parliament on the topic of Indian intervention in the Sri Lankan Civil War. Not only will committee be as stimulating as any other Indian committee is, but will also be examining the consequences of international intervention by India. I hope to facilitate an enriching experience to all delegates in this committee.

A brief introduction of myself – I am a senior student in the IBDP programme at Cathedral. I have an extremely keen interest in applied math, machine learning, computer science and global politics. I have been attending Model United Nation conferences for the past 4 years, and have attended and won at several national and international MUNs – including HMUN Boston, RBSMUN Kathmandu, LMCMUN, CMUN and several others.

Apart from continuously experimenting with computer science algorithms and learning more about them, my primary passions are music, debating, MUNs and volunteering. Aside from this, I enjoy playing the guitar, composing music, writing programs and learning more about anything that sounds interesting! I feel strongly about each of these passions and think of them as an integral part of my life.

I expect all delegates to be well researched, write detailed communiques and be quick on their feet. MUN is a way to develop important life skills such as people skills, public speaking and paperwork. At the same time, it is an avenue to make memories of a lifetime. Some of my best memories have been during conferences and I urge you all to make the most of this conference.

For any questions, please feel free to contact me at esip.cmun2017@gmail.com . I look forward to interacting with each one of you. See you in August!

Yours truly,

Samir Agarwala
Emergency Session of the Indian Parliament,
Cathedral Model United Nations, 2017.