June 10, 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 128
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Is India prepared to take care of its ageing population?

Daily | 5 June 2023

Being old in a growing yet extremely unequal economy is no joke. A greater chunk of people will require pension funds, healthcare, opportunities for economic productivity, and facilities to enjoy an adequate quality of life. For India, it’s also a victory because people are now living longer than before. Women can access contraceptives and choose to delay or refuse to have children. But the burden of an ageing population looms large, and for now, it seems like India might have its work cut out to deal with it. Read more on this here.

Should India join NATO-Plus?

Daily | 6 June 2023

With security cooperation on the minds and lips of foreign ministers and heads of state, the new NATO-Plus bloc has garnered some attention. Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, there seems to be an invitation for India to join NATO-Plus. Is this an obvious yes, or is this carrot dangling at the end of the stick something India doesn’t need? We discuss it here.

Can cycling be the future of urban mobility in India?

Daily | 7 June 2023

India’s mobility issues are well documented. Experts, civil society, and governments have all tried to crack it. Everything from multi-modal transport to more metro networks has been on the table. What if the future of mobility is something more primitive? Like the humble bicycle. It’s like going backwards to move forward. But is it practical? Can this at least be something to consider on a smaller scale? We unpack this here.

Is the delimitation process rigged against southern states?

Daily | 8 June 2023

The Delimitation Commission of India oversees redrawing boundaries for Lok Sabha and assembly elections. Like several other countries, including the United States, it does so based on the latest census. Recently, however, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader and Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao called delimitation a “gross injustice” to the southern states. He was particularly criticising using the population criterion. Is there any truth to his concerns? Find the debate here.

Will Apple’s big bet on spatial computing pay off?

Daily | 9 June 2023

At its recent Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) presentation, Apple unveiled its long-rumoured AR/VR headset, the Apple Vision Pro. Releasing next year, it’s an AR immersive experience that comes close to VR experiences. Apple isn’t the first to have such a headset, but since it’s Apple, people are talking about it as a turning point for technology and the company. Do we dare bet against Apple? More on this story here.