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Mahesh Vijapurkar

Mahesh Vijapurkar likes to take a worm’s eye-view of issues – that is, from the common man’s perspective. He was a journalist with The Indian Express and then The Hindu and now potters around with human development and urban issues.

Aug 18, 2014

Banning children: How Mumbai’s dahi handi became a political event

Dahi Handi is not a blood sport, but it can cause serious injuries, and has even caused death, when people fall in the attempt. #BJP #dahi handi #Goa #HowThisWorks #India #Maharashtra #Mumbai #Politics #Shiv Sena #Thane

Aug 11, 2014

Delhi deadlock: How secret ballot may not be the right option to break it

The deadlock persists with no visible signs of any move towards a solution and at the centre of this inactivity is the Lieutenant Governor. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Congress #Narendra Modi #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #States

Aug 8, 2014

High court comes tough on illegal hoarding, will civic bodies comply?

Politicians, and more often their followers, put them up either to proclaim their own or their leaders’ birthdays or appointments either in government or to some nominal post within the party’s borough branch itself. They curry favour with leaders, thanking them for support. #Bombay High Court #civic bodies #Congress #Election Commission of India #Illegal hoardings #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra Navnirman Sena #Shiv Sena

Jul 31, 2014

Disaster tourism for politicians: Rajnath, Chavan visit Pune landslide site

When persons holding high office enter a disaster zone, local partymen to join in to trample on the accident site, elbowing out those engaged in the mammoth rescue operation. #Ajit Pawar #Disaster Tourism #Landslide #Maharashtra #Malin village #Natural disasters #OnOurMind #Prithviraj Chavan #Pune #tragedy

Jul 30, 2014

Thane: Don’t believe glossy real estate ads, this city is no escape from Mumbai

Thane suffers from a highly politicised municipal governance that is ineffective -- its green cover claims are dubious, it has no idea how to deal with the fastest growing population and its infrastructure is crumbling. #Governance #Green Cover #Infrastructure #InMyOpinion #Mumbai #Mumbai Metropolitan Region #Real estate prices #realty #stray dogs #Thane #Transport #Trees

Jul 28, 2014

Forget good rains, Mumbai doesn’t deserve even a normal monsoon

There is no other way of overcoming the administrative ills. Just change the factors that expose the inadequacies and believe all is well. #BMC #InMyOpinion #MCGM #Mumbai #rainfall #Rainfall preparedness #water problems

Jul 24, 2014

Shiv Sena MP force feeding Muslim: Political goondagardi yet again?

That the MPs, who as a class, vote privileges onto themselves and consider themselves the only one entitled to the cream of the land, consider that they can protest at anything that goes against their grain. #Anand Paranjape #Arshad Zubair #InMyOpinion #IRCTC #New Maharashtra Sadan #Politics #Rajan Vichare #Sanjiv Naik #Shiv Sena

Jul 21, 2014

When time is stretchable: What CBI’s latest failure in Badaun gangrape shows

If anything could tell us about how we as a country have utter disregard for time, then it is from the inundation of the graves of the two Badaun girls. #Badaun #Badaun gang rape case #Badaun gang-rape victims #Badaun rape victims #CBI #CBI investigation #Ganga #InMyOpinion #NewsTracker #OnlyInIndia #Rape

Jul 9, 2014

Why is the media ignoring the plight of drought striken farmers?

One does not expect breast-beating reportage, but we are entitled to know if farmers bought their seeds even as they tried tilling their lands anticipating the monsoon #Drought #farmers #India #Media #MediaCrit #Palakkad #Rural farmland