February 11, 2023

Good morning. Every Saturday, we publish the results of polls from feature stories that were published the past week. We also give a brief overview of the topics that were discussed.

🗳️ POLL RESULTS – Week 111
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Assam’s crackdown on child marriage: Progressive or arbitrary?

Daily | 6 February 2023

For an initiative that aims to protect women’s interests, the crackdown is being censured for its gender insensitivity. Assam’s DGP, however, believes that the crackdown befits the magnitude of the crime. Given this, do we understand the crackdown as a progressive or an arbitrary measure? Read more on this here.

The Pension Debate: Should states go back to the OPS?

Daily | 7 February 2023

The Old Pension Scheme (OPS) and the New Pension Scheme (NPS) have become hotly debated topics in the past several months. Some call it a tussle between good politics and sound economics, while others call it an election gimmick. Government employees are overwhelmingly in favour of the OPS, while financial experts criticise its sustainability. Which way should states swing? We discuss it here.

Hydropower in India: What does its future hold?

Daily | 8 February 2023

With the Joshimath disaster still fresh in the minds of many in the region, what role does hydropower play in India’s renewable energy mission? What’s the ecological cost? Does it outweigh the benefits of getting a clean form of energy? We unpack the issue here.

The Second Space Age: Is India ready?

Daily | 9 February 2023

On the public sector front, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a budget cutback on the space sector. On the private front, funding for space startup solutions grew to impressive heights in 2022. Where does India stand in this Space Age 2.0? Find the debate here.

Karnataka polls: What are BJP’s prospects?

Daily | 10 February 2023

In a few months, the state goes to the polls with the BJP, Congress, and JD(S) in the fray. For the BJP, the state is crucial as it’s the only southern one where it’s in power. They see it as a gateway to the South. Can the party keep the state and build on a victory to march further in the South? Follow the story here.