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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 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

Aug 9, 2016

Deregulation of produce market from APMC is bound to fail, thanks to haphazard arrangements

Farmers who have been working with the APMC were unprepared to find reliable platforms to sell without the committee's help. #APMC #APMC strike #CriticalPoint #farmers #Sadabhau Khot #Shetkari Sanghatana #Vashi

Aug 5, 2016

Delhi statehood or not, Arvind Kejriwal has been relegated to the role of mayor

The Delhi High Court ruled on Thursday that the lieutenant-governor is the administrative head of the National Capital Territory, and that’s it. Which means, Arvind Kejriwal had been pointlessly bashing heads with Najib Jung on issues such as services #Aam Aadmi Party #Arvind Kejriwal #ConnectTheDots #Delhi High Court #Delhi statehood #Najib Jung #Sahebsingh Varma #Sheila Dikshit

Jul 28, 2016

Magsaysay Awards prove it’s time India bridged the chasm between Dalits and upper castes

Simply because Dalits had been quiet compared to what is the case now does not mean their voices can be drowned by political and administrative action. #Bezwada Wilson #Dalit Atrocities #Dalits #Gujarat #InMyOpinion #Mota Samadhiyala #Narendra Modi #National Commission for Scheduled Castes #Ramon Magsaysay Award #TM Krishna #Una

Jul 26, 2016

Uddhav Thackeray reaches out to party cadre, promises a Sena leader will be CM one day

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray gave an interview to Saamana in the usual fire-and-brimstone style which his father, Bal Thackeray, had perfected. #Bal Thackeray #BJP #Congress #Devendra Fadnavis #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra Assembly Elections #NCP #Saamana #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

Jul 26, 2016

Road toll in Maharashtra is a political issue, but where are the benefits for motorists?

To a motorist, it does not matter if the toll collection is done by the PWD, or the state-owned Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation #BJP #CriticalPoint #Maharashtra #MNS #Mumbai rains #Mumbai roads #road toll #toll collections #Toll tax

Jul 19, 2016

Rajya Sabha’s nominated MPs: Do they conform to Nehru’s idea of excellence?

The choice of a person suited for the Rajya Sabha is important. An eminent person has to contribute to the Upper House, like Javed Akhtar has done. #BJP #ConnectTheDots #Jawaharlal Nehru #Narendra Jadhav #Navjot Singh Sidhu #President's nominations #Rajya Sabha #Sambhaji Shahu #Subramanian Swamy

Jul 13, 2016

Strike at APMC: Why is media not reporting on whether farmers benefitted?

The middleman nature of APMCs and their monopoly is the crux of the issue. That is why the government wanted to free the farmers from the APMC’s clutches. #APMC #Dadar #InMyOpinion #Sadabhau Khot #Strike #Vashi

Jul 11, 2016

Cut out middlemen: Is Maharashtra govt’s plan to delist fruits, vegetables a step in right direction?

What the government cannot do with regard to tur dal even in a period of crisis, how can farmers now do, with a scattered market for vegetables and fruits? #APMCs #BJP #ConnectTheDots #delist fruits and vegetables #Devendra Fadnavis #Maharashtra #Sharad Pawar #wholesale and retail prices