Whistle in the light

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In a world which glorifies vigilantism, how many people would come forward to expose a crime putting their lives and safety at stake? In last week’s Saturday Poll, we asked you whether you would expose a corrupt authority if you had evidence against them and what factor would influence your decision most. A meagre 8% of the 26 poll takers …

What should we teach our teachers?

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A strong education system is the backbone of any country and teachers are the vanguard of national development . Considering the current poor status of education in the country, the Indian policymakers really need to focus on the crux of the problem, which is the poor quality of teachers in our schools. The Indiangovernment, up till now, has been more …

Poor Guarantees

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Do minimum wage laws help or harm the poor? This article is the analysis of the results of the Saturday Poll posted on India Institute’s Facebook page on 11 January, 2014 which asked the above question. There has been a consistent debate on whether the idea of having a minimum wage law is helpful or harmful. In our opinion poll on …

Teach the Hungry Man to Fish

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Is Subsidizing Basic Amenities a good Long Term Policy? The AAP government in Delhi has already made good their promise of 700 litres of free water per day per household and halving the electricity tariffs. This policy choice has come for appreciation as well as criticism. The supporters of the policy argue that the provision of these services now allows …

Managing Management

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Is depriving the private schools of management quota a good policy? 

There perhaps has hardly been a set in India that could satisfy all the needs of all the parents. For schools, keeping at least a few seats to be filled up at their discretion is necessary to cater to the needs of people who have helped them. There normally …

At Arm’s Length From Prosperity

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Should India’s defence production industry be fully opened to private Indian players? India is the world’s largest arms importer, spending nearly 70% of our defence expenditure on purchases from foreign players and accounting for 12% of total global arms imports. The hold of the public sector over the domestic defence manufacturing industry is total, monopolistic and highly lacking in excellence. …

Quality Qualifications

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A strong education system is the backbone of any country and teachers are the vanguard of national development . Considering the current poor status of education in the country, the Indian policymakers really need to focus on the crux of the problem, which is the poor quality of teachers in our schools. The Indian government, up till now, has been …

Wronging Gay Rights

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How would you categorize the recent Supreme Court verdict on Section 377? The recent Supreme Court upholding of Article 377 has sparked widespread reaction across the nation. So we dedicated last week’s Saturday Poll to understanding our level of acceptance for sexual minorities and to what extent the petitioners in the case were representative of public opinion. We asked you …

Are We Man Enough?

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Should male rapes be brought within the definition of rape? The pressure of public opinion brought about several welcome changes to the Indian criminal law in the 2013 amendment. It widened the scope of the definition of rape of a woman, expanded the list of sexual offences and increased the punishment for the offences. However, an equally repugnant violation of …

Suo-Moto Cognizance

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Should the police have the power to investigate an offence without any complaint being filed for it? This article is the  analysis of the results of the Saturday Poll posted on India Institute’s Facebook page on 23  November, 2013 which asked the above question. As the general interpretation of the law stands today, even when the police come to know of …

Private vs Government Schooling

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Assuming that the quality of education in a low cost private school is the same as in a government school, which two of the following five facilities should not be denied to a child at any cost (choose 2 options)? If you do not think any two can be prioritized at all, choose option 6. This article is the analysis …

Ain’t No Body High Enough?

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Is there a need for a supreme regulatory body for higher education in India? This article is the analysis of the results of the Saturday Poll posted on India Institute’s Facebook page on 9 November, 2013 which asked the above question. The results for this week’s poll on higher education regulating bodies showed that 25% of you think that India needs …

Hi-Tech Polic(y)ing

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Assuming a robust IT infrastructure can be put in place, will a facility to file FIRs online be a viable solution to this problem? This article is the  analysis of the results of the Saturday Poll posted on India Institute’s Facebook page on 2 November, 2013 which asked the above question. In Nirbhaya’s case the police was apparently fighting over jurisdiction. …

Questioning the Essentiality of Education

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Is the issuance of the Essentiality Certificate a good policy idea? This article is the  analysis of the results of the Saturday Poll posted on India Institute’s Facebook page on 26 October 2013 which asked the above question. One cannot start a school in Delhi and many other states without an Essentiality Certificate from the education department. The law says that …

Big Boss is Watching

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Should the Government Snoop on Us? To the extent we are able to communicate across the world in a jiffy and use that ability to pull off spectacular changes in the social, economic and political spheres, we have lost control over our personal information and the right to privacy of our interactions. Not just on the Internet but also over …