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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 21, 2013

Child deaths, unspent funds, dent Bihar good governance claims

The halo Nitish wore is now either dimming or lost. The single reason for the demise of his image is the deaths of the 23 children when he is the state’ steward. Politically, it has come at an inopportune moment but that is his problem. It is hard to brush aside this view. #bIhar #BJP #Chabra #Gujarat #HowThisWorks #JD(U) #Midday meal deaths #midday meals #Narendra Modi #Nitish Kumar #Unspent funds

Jul 19, 2013

Midday meal tragedy: For kids out there, it’s a daily gamble with life

To expect a realistic budget based on actual costs to provide a really nutritious meal, with staff to prepare and deliver, is not asking for the moon. #bIhar #Chhapra #India #Midday meal #MM Pallam Raju #ThatsJustWrong

Jul 15, 2013

Nostalgia: Telegraph is past, are typewriters on extinction path too?

Russia has decided to bring typewriters back into use to stop govt secrets from floating around in cyberspace. #India #JustSaying #Russia #Telegram #Typewriter

Jul 13, 2013

Potholes as death traps: Why should the civic body go scot-free?

Imagine what could happen to the civic bodies which do not deliver quality if the law of torts were put to use for seeking and securing damages, even for a broken fork of a bike. #Jaideep Karveer #Mumbai #Pothole #ThatsJustWrong #Umesh Shinde

Jul 12, 2013

Double deckers in Thane? Here’s why it isn’t a good idea

Two municipal bodies outside Mumbai want double decker buses but it may not be such a good idea. Here's why. #BEST #Bhiwandi #Buses #double decker buses #InMyOpinion #midi buses #Mumbai #Thane

Jul 8, 2013

From veggie shops to expressways: When will netas serve the people?

Apparently, the elections have lost their meaning and have become huge farces. Everyone involved – politicians and the voters – have come to terms with each other in the belief that this is how it is going to be, having been so for quite a while. #Democracy #Eastern Freeway #HowThisWorks #Maharashtra #Politicians #Politics #Thane #Vegetable shops #Vote

Jul 2, 2013

Munde mea culpa: Should EC look at poll spending more proactively now?

Any layperson can smell the cash floating around during an election but surprisingly, the Election Commission’s field staff and returning officers fail at it. #BJP #Election Commission #Gopinath Munde #HowThisWorks #Politics

Jun 30, 2013

Uttarakhand tragedy: Why the met dept’s ‘warnings’ were ignored

The meteorological department's warnings were possibly ignored because they didn't hint at the intensity of the disaster they were faced with. #ConnectTheDots #India Meteorological Department #Met department's warnings #Uttarakhand floods #Uttarakhand tragedy

Jun 29, 2013

Poll spending: Why netas should stop being hypocritical about Munde

You would hardly find a single politician who has won an assembly or a parliamentary seat by limiting the expenditure to the Election Commission prescription. #BJP #Election Commission of India #Gopinath Munde #VS Sampath