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Exit Polls: Debating Freedom or Fairness

At present, in legal parlance, both opinion and exit polls are treated equally, for the Constitution as per rights framed under Article 21 does not allow either to be banned. But while the continued legal protection of opinion polls remains unassailable, to extend this exalted status to exit polls, when in certain instances of extended voting they could influence voter behaviour, remains unjustifiable on principle nor is it substantiated by policy considerations. On the other hand, legal precedents that impose time restrictions on exit poll results already exist in a few countries.

Adoption Laws: Need for Reform

The adoption controversy that erupted last year drew attention to the many ills that clog the wheels of adoption in India. But merely punishing the guilty will not ensure sweeping changes. At the very outset, the need for change must recognise the disparities that exist, as for instance, the procedural differences between in-country vs inter-country adoption processes. It must also involve all actors in the system including the children themselves.
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