June 29, 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 181
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Does India have a role to play in the G7?

Daily | 24 June 2024

India isn’t a member of the G7, and some have written and talked about whether the G7 is still relevant in today’s geopolitical landscape. As far as India is concerned, it’s noteworthy that this was Modi’s first foreign foray of the new coalition government. But is India merely a guest player, or does it have substantive things to offer? Read more on this here.

Does Zomato’s potential deal with Paytm make sense?

Daily | 25 June 2024

It hasn’t been a good time for Paytm of late. But now there’s news that the company is exploring selling its movie and ticketing business to Zomato. While we don’t know the deal’s valuation, it’s expected to be between ₹1,600 and ₹2,000 crore. India’s online entertainment ticketing business is ripe. Does this deal make sense for all parties involved? We discuss it here.

Will the UMMEED programme help tackle student stress?

Daily | 26 June 2024

Hundreds, if not thousands, of students and their parents have been put through the wringer as the prospect of exams and the intense competition has increased stress levels. We’ve seen dozens of reports of students taking their own lives. The government decided to do something and released the “Understand, Motivate, Manage, Empathise, Empower, Develop” (UMMEED) guidelines last October. Will it have any effect? We unpack this here.

Was the Patna HC right in striking down the reservation hike?

Daily | 27 June 2024

Recently, the Patna High Court struck down the 65% cap set by the Bihar government. It’s a definitive blow to the state government. The court heard several petitions challenging the government’s move. Has the court done the right thing? Is the rationale correct? Find the debate here.