March 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 115
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Withdrawal of the Army from the Kashmir valley: Will it improve the law and order situation?

Daily | 6 March 2023

Given the law and order situation, the government is looking to withdraw the army in a phased manner to help improve people’s lives. Is the decision to remove or replace them wise, or will the valley be better off with a less militarised presence? Read more on this here.

Can India effectively implement a One Health Policy?

Daily | 7 March 2023

A One Health (OH) approach emphasises the interconnected well-being of humans, animals, and ecosystems. Healthcare infrastructure and workers certainly need a holistic fix than a temporary bandaid, which such a mission offers. But whether an OH Policy is practicable remains murky given the past failure of other universal healthcare missions. We discuss it here.

PARAKH’s uniform assessment in schools: Is it the right move?

Daily | 8 March 2023

We have tests and exams galore, but how should they be structured? The latest method is PARAKH (Performance Assessment, Review and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development). It’s India’s first national assessment regulator. The goal is to bring uniformity across recognised school boards for student evaluation and assessment. Uniformity sounds nice and could democratise education. But will it work in practice? We unpack the issue here.

Is Tamil Nadu safe for migrants from the north?

Daily | 10 March 2023

There’s trouble brewing in Tamil Nadu. Fake videos have been circulated allegedly showing migrants, particularly from Bihar, being attacked and killed. It has set off a political furore among the state’s parties. In light of this, the safety of migrant workers in the state has come under the spotlight. Is there any anti-Hindi speaking bias against north Indian migrants? Or is this due to fake news running amok? Find the debate here.