April 15, 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 120
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Will the Indian rupee go global soon?

Daily | 10 April 2023

India’s new foreign trade policy, adopted on April 1 2023, emphasises the utilisation of the Indian rupee to settle international trade with nations facing a dollar shortage. Some experts are optimistic about the rupee’s future as a reserve currency in the international trade and investment market. But there are some impediments in its way that others find difficult to beat. Read more on this here.

IT Rules 2023 amendment: Is it government censorship?

Daily | 11 April 2023

The government recently published amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, that requires intermediaries like Twitter and Facebook to remove any post tagged as fake news by the central government’s fact-checking unit. The government argues it’s not censorship and would apply only to the intermediaries. Others say it’s a clear-cut case of censorship. We discuss it here.

Will Amul’s entry into Karnataka affect Nandini adversely?

Daily | 12 April 2023

When the Gujarat government-owned Anand Milk Union Limited (Amul) tweeted about entering the Karnataka market, it set off a wave of protests. Several sections of Kannadigas were concerned that Amul would overpower the homegrown dairy brand Nandini and eat into its market share. Amul’s top brass, though, wants to quell such fears. We unpack this here.

Is George Soros a danger to Indian democracy?

Daily | 13 April 2023

If you’ve gone down the online conspiracy theory rabbit hole, you probably have some idea who George Soros is. The billionaire philanthropist has irked the Indian right wing and the current ruling government with his criticisms. Can a man halfway around the world be a danger to or undermine Indian democracy? Some certainly think so. For others, he’s merely a boogeyman. Find the debate here.

Pilot vs Gehlot: Will the recent row harm the Congress’ electoral prospects?

Daily | 14 April 2023

Despite a warning from the party leadership, Pilot held a dharna on Tuesday against Gehlot to push the government to act against corruption in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the incident as a ‘political crisis’ in a recent speech, and a crisis it may well be for the Congress’s electoral prospects in Rajasthan. Find more here.