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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 19, 2015

Lessons from Aruna Shanbaug case: Hospitals should make all patients feel as wanted

Had Aruna Shanbag been someone else, with the same background, income, and constraints of residential accommodation in Mumbai, would she have had the same unstinting support and care? #InMyOpinion

May 14, 2015

Getting Parliament to work: Sumitra Mahajan should crack the whip on noisy MPs

The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha may have functioned but the quality of its work left a lot to be desired. #Hamid Ansari #Lok Sabha #parliament #PoliticalPlay #Rajya Sabha #Sumitra Mahajan

May 6, 2015

Why was Rs 30 lakh compensation given in cash? The unanswered questions in the Moga molestation case

One, the family was offered Rs 30 lakh and it was accepted. But why in cash? It was reportedly carried in a black bag, as TV news footage showed. #Badals #compensation #Moga #Punjab

May 2, 2015

Doing away with ‘Horn Ok Please’ on trucks: The Maharashtra govt’s plan is plain dumb

What about those trucks with national permits issued in other states which pass through Maharashtra? #Cars #Horn Ok Please #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra #roads #Signs #trucks

Apr 29, 2015

Rahul’s aam aadmi avatar: Janata class travel to Punjab is just another PR stunt

Rahul did the first ten km on day one, and the rest the next day. Indian media is not proactive enough to position its journalists in some remote place as Gaurikund; even in disasters, they steal flights on choppers that could have carried relief instead. #Dehradoon #Gaurikund #Punjab #Rahul Gandhi #Rail yatra #South Africa #Varanasi

Apr 24, 2015

Why solely blaming AAP for Gajendra Singh’s death may not be entirely right

In the case of Gajendra Singh, it is going to be tough to decide if it was a self-motivated enterprise, or a dramatics that spun out of control, including Singh's. #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #Bharatiya Janata Party #BJP #Congress #Dausa #Farmer suicide #Gajendra Singh #Jantar Mantar #Politics #PoliticsDecoder

Apr 22, 2015

Fadnavis is right in scrapping the Mumbai Development Plan 2034

The purpose of the DP 2034 was to decide the land use across the city, and it cannot be that the DP overlays a map over the existing spaces which have been put to different uses. #Devendra Fadnavis #Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra #Mumbai #Mumbai DP 2034

Apr 16, 2015

Narayan Rane may have lost the bypoll, but don’t write his political obituary

Knowing the man, Narayan Rane has enough steam left in him to return to battle, for ambition is both his weakness and strength. #Congress #Mumbai #Narayan Rane #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena