Committee Information

Committee Name: Parliament of India, Lok Sabha
Organ: Economic and Social Councils (ECOSOCs)
Undersecretary-General: Connie Chen
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Chase Wagers
Chair: Isabelle Smith
Topic A: The Kashmir Conflict
Topic B: Economic Inequality and Poverty

Access the Topic Abstract for this committee here.

A Letter from the Chair

Dear delegates,

I am so excited to welcome you all to this session of Lok Sabha House of the People. Lok Sabha contains elected representatives who aim to advocate for their constituents. This session of the Lower House should be a productive one, and representatives should be ready to hotly debate the next actions that India should take as it stands at a crossroads. Throughout this weekend, we will discuss, debate, and legislate to continue India’s growth as one of the fastest succeeding countries in the world.

One topic to prepare for is the continued unrest in Kashmir. The area deemed Kashmir is divided between India, Pakistan and China and this territorial conflict has continued for over 50 years. Although there are no simple solutions, I am confident that you all can use diplomacy and creative thinking to brainstorm solutions to bring this region peace. This committee may also choose to focus on the extreme poverty in India. India has a vastly divided population, where few are rich and many are very poor. Resource distribution and development projects will be important to this conversation that very much shapes India’s place in the 20th century. You will be expected to defend your representatives’ stance on both of these issues while keeping the prosperity of India in mind.

While debate may be heated, it is important that everyone’s ideas are respected. Though India faces monumental challenges, I have great faith in Lok Sabha to brainstorm innovative solutions. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions to [email protected] My trip to India this past February led me to fall in love with the country, and I hope to share some of that passion with you all. I cannot wait to meet all of you!

Best,

Isabelle Smith

Speaker of the House (Chair), Lok Sabha

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About the Chair

Isabelle Smith is a rising sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, planning to major in International Politics with a certificate in International Development. In high school she competed nationally in Speech and Debate, and now is an active member of the International Relations Club here on campus. She has staffed both of Georgetown’s Model United Nations conferences, and traveled with the organization to chair the Global Leaders Summit in India. Outside of Model United Nations, Isabelle is involved with Georgetown University Women in Leadership, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and is the Secretary of Local Education for the DC Federal Relations Committee. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys traveling, speaking Spanish, and eating Indian food.

Learning Goals

NAIMUN strives to provide the most well-rounded educational and enjoyable experience to delegates. The learning goals for Lok Sabha are as follows. Delegates will gain:  

  • An intimate understanding of the kind of special role that India occupies on the world stage, especially in terms of how it remains divided between the developed and developing world, and how these competing interests put India at a crossroads for its future.
  • Knowledge on the functioning of political parties in the complex, multi-party democracy in India, and how this affects the dynamics of their legislature.
  • Details on the difficult position that elected representatives sometimes find themselves in, balancing the needs of their constituency versus the demands of their political party, or the desire to cooperate with other groups.
  • An understanding of both the historical roots of the conflict in Kashmir, and reasons for continuing disagreements over the future and ownership of the region.