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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.

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

Jul 7, 2016

Ramdas Athawale’s love for power and poetry belies his usefulness in UP polls

Athavale's penchant for rhymes, whether it is at a public meeting to seek votes, or on the television show, has always regaled the audiences for they convey a lot than a whole speech he tends to deliver in a singsong manner. #Maharashtra #Narendra Modi #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Prakash Ambedkar #Ramdas Athavale #Republican Party of India #RPI #Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017

Jul 6, 2016

New HRD minister Prakash Javadekar should reinvent the system and truly skill India

What Javadekar should strive for, and secure rapidly, are these: One, make syllabus the same across the country breaking down the differences between the IBs, ICSC, CBSC, SSC, the last distinct to each state, regulate school fees and eliminate extortion — once it was called capitation fee — and ensure a decent level of proficiency among teachers #ConnectTheDots #HRD Minister #Indian education system #IT sector #Prakash Javadekar #private sector in education #Public Schools #Smriti Irani

Jul 5, 2016

By acting as ‘internal Opposition’, Shiv Sena’s finds itself cut out of Cabinet reshuffle

There’s no need anymore to read the tea leaves to determine where the Shiv Sena stands vis-à-vis the Bharatiya Janata Party — with which it is allied in the National Democratic Alliance and with whom it is a post-election partner in Maharashtra’s government #Anil Desai #BJP #Cabinet reshuffle #ConnectTheDots #Devendra Fadnavis #Maharashtra government #NDA #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

Jul 2, 2016

BEST far from being good enough: Mumbai buses operate on losses, fail to lure passengers

With a little over 4,000 buses, BEST now carries around 28-30 lakh passengers daily, which is a far lower a figure than what it had in the past. #BEST services #CriticalPoint #local trains #Mumbai #Mumbai buses #Mumbai local trains #Mumbai RTO

Jun 28, 2016

Lesson from Bihar toppers scam: Students are being taught that life ahead is a jugaad

The arrests of the Bihar toppers were unwarranted because they are the victims of parental neglect and a flawed education system #Bihar education board #Bihar toppers scam #CriticalPoint #Lalkeshwar Prasad #Punjab #Ruby Rai #School education