May 11, 2024

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 174
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Does India need a National Litigation Policy?

Daily | 6 May 2024

One interesting thing the BJP has promised in its manifesto is implementing a National Litigation Policy to expedite resolutions of cases in the courts and reduce the number of cases in which the government is a party. There’s no doubt the judiciary has a massive backlog of cases. Would a Litigation Policy help in any of these? Read more on this here.

Does NOTA make sense for Indian elections?

Daily | 7 May 2024

The NOTA option is relatively new in the Indian electoral landscape. The Supreme Court recently asked for a response from the Election Commission of India (ECI) on a plea to nullify results and hold fresh polls if NOTA gets the maximum number of voters. As of now, if NOTA wins, the candidate with the second-highest votes is the winner. Has NOTA, in any way, changed the Indian electoral system for the better? We discuss it here.

Has Hindu economics helped India?

Daily | 8 May 2024

India, according to many people, has been called something of a diamond in the rough. We’ve seemingly been able to stave off the worst of the global economic shocks while continuing to deal with challenges like inflation and unemployment. But, we’re supposedly far better off than others. Has Hindu economics played a role in that? We unpack this here.

Is the PMGKAY a viable alternative to Universal Basic Income (UBI)?

Daily | 9 May 2024

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) is the government’s flagship food subsidy scheme. Under it, people get a fixed quantity of food grains like wheat and rice at nominal prices. Since India doesn’t have a UBI, does the PMGKAY represent a viable alternative? Find the debate here.

Are the UGC’s new PhD guidelines a good idea?

Daily | 10 May 2024

With the UGC’s latest move, if you’re a PhD aspirant with a four-year undergraduate degree, you’ll only need to pass the National Eligibility Test (NET). No more sitting for several college PhD entrance tests. The UGC sees this as a streamlined and easier way for students who wish to pursue their PhDs. Others see this as backwards. More on this story here.