The Doha Debates have been broadcast on BBC World News since January 2005. They are chaired by the award-winning former BBC correspondent and interviewer Tim Sebastian, with Qatar Foundation as the Sponsor. The Doha Debates was held for the first time in Asia at St. Stephen’s College, one of India’s most prestigious university campuses.
More than 300 people in the audience voted overwhelmingly by 62.1 per cent to 37.9 per cent against a motion that "Muslims are not getting a fair deal in India".
Security for the debate at St Stephen's college was particularly tight with the theme of the debate publicized just two days before the event took place. Televised eight times a year by BBC World News, Doha Debates is known for cutting through pretenses and touching the rawest of nerves, but paving the way for understanding.
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