Guwahati: Advocating that India should lead in making this planet plastic-free, leading quizmaster Barry O’ Brien, who was in the city to conduct Brain Jam School Quiz 2019 competition on Saturday, said that the government should take utmost care for the protection of environment at the highest level.
“The Centre, it seems, is worried about building statues, churches, temples and mosques rather than adopting adequate measures for protection of environment,” O’Brien told EastMojo in an exclusive interview.
When asked on the use of plastic bags, O’Brien said, “Whether it’s big or small, plastic is a big no. We have to use that plastic which is reusable. There is a huge international company (I will not mention its name); it has a huge part in the biggest pulling point of using plastic all over the world.”
India is one of the youngest countries in the world and more than 50% population of India is under 25 years of age. About 60% of it is below 35 years of age. So, India has to show the way to the world, he said.
“What is relevant today is the air that our children are breathing. What is relevant is the damage the plastics and other things are causing. So, we need to pay attention to these problems. We hope to achieve something through this quiz by creating awareness,” he said.
O’Brien was in the city to conduct the 14th edition of Brain Jam 2019 School Quiz in Guwahati. Altogether, 180 students from different educational institutions took part in the competition. Each year, Brain Jam tries to create awareness about a cause; this time, it was on plastic usage.
O’Brien believes that schools should have their own quiz competitions. “You should have more local people doing quizzes, debates and essay-writing contests. I know it happens, but it should happen more frequently,” he said, adding: “I feel that teams from the Northeast should go to other parts of India, and schools and colleges from other parts of India should come to the Northeast.”
Eventually, this year’s competition was won by Barnil Medhi and Debanit Dutta of Cotton University. They defeated five other teams and walked away with return air tickets and five star accommodation (in any city of the country) as prizes.
Team ‘Halo’, comprising Antariksh Sarmah and Akash Kaushik Goswami of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Barsajai, was adjudged runner up.