May 1, 2022

Good morning. Every Sunday, 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 71
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Government Order 111: Telangana’s Water Troubles

Daily | 25 April 2022

The government of Telangana issued GO 69 to replace GO 111. The new order opens the catchment area around two reservoirs up to development projects but will only permit them if the water remains unharmed. According to officials, other efforts to improve water quality will also be taken up. But critics find fault with this decision. We look into this here.

WHO’s Global Centre for Traditional Medicine – Welcome Move or Wrong Remedy?

Daily | 26 April 2022

Recently, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus and Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the ground-breaking ceremony for a first-of-its-kind WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar, Gujarat. The hope is that this will enhance Indian traditional medicine’s standing in the world and help the domestic healthcare scene. But should the WHO invest in such a centre? Follow this debate here.

Addressing Elon’s Acquisition and the Future of Twitter

Daily | 27 April 2022

Elon Musk has bought Twitter (pending shareholder approval and regulatory clearances), and he has some plans. Given the platform’s omnipresent aura, it is hard to believe it is just 16 years old. And like any teenager, its purpose and self-awareness often get lost in clouds of irony and confusion. Musk believes that he can reign all that sporadic energy in and truly unlock Twitter’s potential. Now, analysts will tell you to read all of that with a bold asterisk. As it turns out, Elon’s plans for Twitter aren’t very well chalked out. We decode this here.

Could Prashant Kishor have made an impact in Congress?

Daily | 28 April 2022

The offer from Congress to political strategist Prashant Kishor was an easy one for him to refuse. As the Congress continues its long road to recovery, the hope was Kishor would join the party to prepare an action plan for the 2024 elections. There were hopes that the party and the in-demand political consultant would make a formidable team. Was this ever a match made in electoral politics heaven? Find out here.

Let’s talk Paternity Leaves: How long is too long?

Daily | 29 April 2022

The issues around paternity leave are not really coming from the government. The Central government actually offers its male employees 15 days of paternity leave. While that may not sound like a lot, it definitely is not. Some even say that long paternity leaves defeat the purpose of the maternal benefit entirely. We debate both sides here.

Rights of Athletes and Sportspersons

Know Your Rights | 30 April 2022

India has slowly worked towards stamping its authority and presence on the global sporting stage. That involves building infrastructure, getting sponsorships, hosting sporting events, etc. At the centre of it are the competitors, i.e., the athletes. With all of this comes the complexity of issues that could arise. Legal safeguards and legislation would help protect the interests of the sports sector. Read more here.