West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee became the first female Indian politician to receive the Oxford Union's debate invitation.
From India, politicians Salman Khurshid, Baijayant Panda, and Dr. Shashi Tharoor had participated in the debate. None of the female political leaders have attended the debate from India so far. The address was to be held virtually on Dec. 2, 2020, at 5:00 pm. The Oxford Union Debating Society postponed Banerjee's scheduled virtual address citing some unforeseen problems and sought re-scheduling of the program. Mamata's talk would have been the first by an Indian woman chief minister at the event.