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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.

Sep 26, 2016

Silent Maratha morchas have remained apolitical, but how long will politicians stay quiet?

The series of morchas by Marathas, witnessed in over a dozen towns across Maharashtra, are silent and peaceful, the demands voiced only through placards and petitions handed over to district collectors. #Atrocities Act #Maharashtra #Maratha agitation #Maratha morchas #Marathas #quota agitation #Reservation

Sep 20, 2016

Mumbai’s housing crisis: Redevelopment of clusters to affect city’s ‘livability’, reveals study

Recycling land to create housing stock is one way to solve the housing crisis in Mumbai. With high prices that show no signs of dipping, recycling is all that Mumbai has, being a city constrained by the sea, creeks and other cities bordering them. #CriticalPoint #FSI #Mumbai #Mumbai Real Estate #Mumbai suburbs #Redevelopment #Transfer of Development Rights

Sep 18, 2016

In Uttar Pradesh, the first family comes before the party and the state

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said that “if outsiders interfere in party family matters, how can we tolerate it?” That is an unambiguous a statement of how the family is of primacy in the state. #Akhilesh Yadav #Gandhi family #InMyOpinion #Mulayam Singh Yadav #Samajwadi Party #Shivpal Yadav #Uttar Pradesh

Sep 16, 2016

Maharashtra’s mantra for improving education: No English, no Maths, no failures

Maharashtra wants to improve education for its students by opting for a novel method: make English & Maths optional for students who are weak in them. #Devendra Fadnavis #Education #English #Maharashtra #Mathematics #Mumbai #NewsTracker #Rajiv Pratap Rudy #Vinod Tawde

Sep 8, 2016

Four youths try to drown cop: A sign that society is losing respect for the police force

The police, because of the loss of the respect they should inspire, cannot be asked to be withdrawn from deployment. They have to be protected from assaults #Apathy #Ganesh immersion #Law and Order #Mumbai Police #NewsTracker #Police #Police force

Sep 3, 2016

Odisha apathy cases mirror how lives of India’s poor are merely reduced to statistics

Delivery is where one should measure the quality of governance. It apparently is a long crawl from the Red Fort to a poor man’s door. Odisha apathy cases, however, mirror how lives of India's poor are now merely reduced to statistics #CriticalPoint #Dana Majhi #Dana Majhi carries wife on his shoulder #InMyOpinion #Odisha apathy #Odisha state apathy

Aug 30, 2016

Political defiance to SC ruling on Dahi Handi restrictions is not for society’s welfare

Organised defiance, like the support of the defiance of the Supreme Court order restricting the height of pyramids to 20 feet, does not bode well for the well-being of a society. #Dahi Handi rules #Devendra Fadnavis #govindas #Maharashtra #MNS #Raj Thackeray #Shiv Sena #Supreme Court #Uddhav Thackeray

Aug 25, 2016

Krishna Janmashtami: Things may get ugly for Fadnavis govt during Dahi Handi events

Hours before that the Supreme Court was told by the government, seeking a review of its earlier restrictions on Dahi Handi, that the exercise of forming pyramids was "associated with religion and it would hurt the people’s sentiment if the restrictions on height continued". #BJP #CriticalPoint #dahi handi #Dahi Handi in Mumbai #Dahi Handi in Thane #Krishna Janmashtami #Maharashtra Navnirman Sena #Shiv Sena

Aug 23, 2016

State-sponsored vigilantism on beef ban allows gau rakshaks to further their ‘business’

This state-promoted cow vigilantism is dangerous for it licences or outsources the implementation part to people who would potentially further the "business" Modi spoke about. #beef ban #cow vigilantism #gau rakshaks #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra #PM Narendra Modi

Aug 23, 2016

On Krishna Janmashtami, safety comes second to human pyramid politics for Dahi Handi organisers

The Supreme Court rules have been set: The Dahi Handi in Maharashtra will not have pyramids higher than 20 feet and children below 18 years cannot be part of the pyramids. #CriticalPoint #dahi handi #Dahi Handi festival #govindas #Krishna Janmashtami #Mumbai #Supreme Court