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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.

May 27, 2016

In a crisis, it isn’t resilience but the helplessness of Mumbaikars that lets them carry on

Media tends to celebrate the ‘resilience’ of the Mumbai residents. Every time a crisis occurs, they bear it with equanimity, and look to get on with their life. #ConnectTheDots #local trains #Mumbai #Mumbai flood #Mumbai monsoon #Mumbaikars #Resilience

May 25, 2016

Pledge of allegiance? West Bengal MLAs give Sonia Gandhi signed affidavit of loyalty

West Bengal has come up with a new trick — getting the newly elected MLAs to sign their loyalties on stamped papers. #Adhir Chowdhury #affidavit #Congress #ConnectTheDots #Mamata #MLA #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi #Stamped papers #West Bengal

May 17, 2016

MCD bypolls: When AAP govt rules Delhi, how is it an outsider in civic elections?

Kejriwal's statement was a quick spin for AAP's poor strike rate, compared to the 67 out of the 70 last election. #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #Dilip Pandey #InMyOpinion #MCD

May 17, 2016

Don’t decry ‘judicial activism’: Courts help those whom the system disowns

A smart lawyer and astute politician, Jaitley has asked the judiciary to draw its own Lakshman Rekha. #Arun Jaitley #Bombay High Court #Bundelkhand #InMyOpinion #Judicial activism #Marathwada #Supreme Court

May 13, 2016

Malegaon blasts: NIA will get its clean chit when it finds out who’s guilty

Those had been put behind bars in the Malegaon blasts case have every reason now to ask the State for restitution. This compensation would be for being put in jail for no reason. #2008 Malegaon Blasts #ConnectTheDots #Maharashtra ATS #MCOCA #NIA #Rohini Salian #Sadhvi Pragya Singh #Terrorism

Apr 26, 2016

Raghuram Rajan wants administrators to come out of cocoon, identify ground reality of system

Raghuram Rajan told the officialdom to get out of their self-made cocoons and feel the world, which is perhaps the best suggestion towards reform ever made #Aadhar #Administrators #Economy #IAS #IIPA Maharashtra #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi #policy reform #Raghuram Rajan #RBI #RBI Governor #Stand up India

Apr 21, 2016

IPL 2016: Why Bombay HC should have maintained earlier stand and not allowed Pune game on 1 May

Despite the High Court’s order, the politicians themselves seem to have no problem with water being wasted in their sake. At least three cases have emerged of water being used to spray make-shift helipads for ministers. #Akhilesh Yadav #Bhiwandi #BJP #Drought #Eknath Khadse #InMyOpinion #IPL #IPL 2016 #IPL 9 #Latur #Radha Mohan Singh #Siddaramaiah #water