Behes is a non-profit initiative working to promote debate, public speaking and reasoned expression in schools and colleges throughout India and beyond. We are committed to the vision of building an all-India platform for young students to express themselves and debate some engaging and relevant topics. Every Behes tournament is a celebration of ideas, with students exploring a wide variety of topics and critically examining them. Designed to be interactive and challenging, each tournament rewards the top teams with qualification to the Maha Behes, our season finals held at the end of every calendar year.
All the debate topics at our events are given impromptu and based on a suggested reading (and viewing) list that is updated every few months. Students explore selections spanning a variety of disciplines in their bid to challenge the best in the debating community. The free-flowing debate format encourages growth of research, collaborative and analytical apart from oratory skills. Behes has now made its way into 22 cities in the 2019 season with over four thousand lives impacted, some of them as young as nine years old.
We also offer workshops at gracious host schools (usually preceding tournaments) where we demonstrate How to 'Behes'. If you like what we're trying to do and would like to get involved, drop us a line! To connect with over four thousand debaters of our community, join our facebook group.
Every Behes tournament is a celebration of ideas, with students exploring a wide variety of topics and critically examining them. Designed to be interactive and challenging, each tournament rewards the top teams with qualification to the Maha Behes, our national season finale held in the National Capital Region (NCR) every June.
Having started coaching school debate teams for national and international tournaments in his teens, Salil was the recipient of a Coach of the Year award at the World Scholars Cup Global round 2014. He founded Behes in 2014 with three schools in New Delhi taking the plunge with him. He moves towards a single aim - to make the activity of competitive debate available to as many students as possible! When not at Behes tournaments or workshops, he can be found speaking at schools across the country inviting them to the community.
Nabhaneel is our Outreach co-ordinator and full-time tournament staffer. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication. Having been involved in the Indian debate circuit for the last few years, he takes the Behes message to new cities and student communities. His tremendous appetite for work and commitment to the cause seems him become our newest full-time staff member. He also serves as our student liason, ensuring that our debaters get certificates for their achievements when they request them and solving any and all queries regarding our tournaments.
Adil Sami is an educator based in New Delhi specialized in teaching people with autism and persons with other disabilities. He is a musician who writes and performs original music and lyrics. He has studied psychology from Zakir Hussain college and advocate mental health with main techniques being evidence based mindfulness and expressive arts therapy. Having been a part of the Behes team during the 2015 season, he comes back to the team in 2019in time for the biggest season yet.
Chandrika Tomar is an 18-year-old student of English Honours at Janki Devi Memorial College, DU. Before becoming a team member of the Behes team, she competed in Behes for the first time in the year 2018 and reached the finals of the Indirapuram regional round and was in the Top 5 best speakers in the Lions division. She loves to voice out her opinions on any and every topic. She is always up for debate, no Behes on that. She has been working as an intern at Behes for the last year and a half and promises to work even harder.
A student at Delhi University and aspiring Chartered accountant, Srishti naturally brings energy and fun vibes to our tournaments.She was our Best Speaker at the Meerut round a couple of seasons ago and is now an integral part of the Outreach team, digging the best possible information in every city we wish to get Behes to.With debate flowing in her blood along with rationalism and wit, she ensures that each and every debater enjoys the Behes tournament to the fullest and helps in making it memorable for them.
Bhakti Gandhi is a student of psychology at Amdedkar University, New Delhi and has been a part of our journey since the beginning, She was our photographer one fateful day in 2014 at the first ever Behes event. She joins the team on a regular basis, to capture the experience of thousands of children all over the country with her camera. She has been involved in several visual arts projects, including for Doordarshan.
Brand strategist, Events Manager and Design Guru. A Creative individual with a natural flair for design and aesthetics. Holder of an MBA degree to boot, Mohit has handled a wide variety of events for brands like Sunburn, Weekender, Canon and Mahindra, and showcased artists like Jal, Raeth, Lucky Ali, Indian Ocean and Euphoria. He helps us make the Maha Behes what it is – an experience to remember.
Debate trainer and doer of many things. A student of law at Jamia Millia Islamia, he helps us prepare materials for camps and workshops throughout the country, apart from training students across the NCR region on how to be effective communicators.
Shubhankar is 18 years old. Unlike most 18-year olds, however, he is a two-time Maha Behes Champion, has represented his country as a debater internationally, and has a library for a short-term memory. He takes workshops for us and helps organize tournaments whenever time allows.
Currently pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication, from Vivekananda Institute Of Professional Studies. He has been handling the production of various DU colleges and has worked on projects of IIT Kanpur and IIT Bombay. Helping us portray the whole experience in a creative MP4 format, he specialises in finding the cinematic aspects of the rounds and compiling it to give you a temporary sense of euphoria after one relives those moments
Pearl has been a part of the Behes Team for over a year now. Be it while asking for petting and cuddles, or running around with a potato in her mouth, she never fails to get in the way of any work happening at the Behes office