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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.

Jun 16, 2013

Rains: Every corner of India tells a monsoon story

The idiotic but hackneyed pictures of a farmer, generally old with a wrinkled face, his hands shading the eyes, looking skyward in May when clouds are a rarity, go off the newspaper pages. #Monsoon #Mumbai rains #OnOurMind

Jun 15, 2013

Sacked minister now NCP chief: Where’s your sensitivity Mr Pawar?

Sharad Pawar apparently thinks that the public mood against corruption is a non-issue and flagging of the issue by the middle class, doesn’t count. #Bhaskarrao Jadhav #Chiplun #Madhukar Pichad #Maharashtra #Nationalist Congress Party #NCP #PoliticalPlay #Sharad Pawar

Jun 14, 2013

RIP Telegram: When journalism couldn’t do without the wire service

The death of the telegram after 160 years of magnificent service evokes nostalgia among its users. #Indian Posts and Telegraph #nostalgia #OnOurMinds #Telegram

Jun 10, 2013

Flooding in Mumbai: Let’s call city Venice of the East

When a crisis cannot be coped, it is better to make a virtue of failed governance. #Brihan Mumbai Storm Water Drain project #Mumbai rains #OnOurMinds

Jun 4, 2013

Mumbai: Get cuss words ready, pothole days are upon us again

The civic body has announced mapping of roads with potholes before the rains. Rest assured, little will be different from earlier years. #Civic body #Ganapati festival #Mumbai #OnOurMinds

Jun 3, 2013

Planning: Why slums can’t be separated from Mumbai

In a late realisation, the civic body has accepted that urban planning cannot afford to ignore slums. #India #InMyOpinion #Mumbai slums #Real estate

May 30, 2013

Drought: What Rahul did not see in Marathwada

When it comes to water, window-dressing can’t hide the truth #ConnectTheDots #Drought #India #Maharashtra #Marathwada #Rahul Gandhi

May 29, 2013

Slum & the city: How ‘planned’ Navi Mumbai lost the plot

Navi Mumbai’s municipalised part, the area under Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, has about a third of its population living in slums. #CIDCO #India #InMyOpinion #Navi Mumbai #Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation

May 28, 2013

Who will run South Navi Mumbai?

The issue of multiplicity of authorities in `greater’ Navi Mumbai needs to be addressed for better governance of the region. #CIDCO #InMyOpinion #Navi Mumbai #NMMC #Panvel #Uran #Vashi

May 27, 2013

Villages: Navi Mumbai’s deliberate blind spots

The gaothans were neglected from the urban perspective though they were to be part of an emerging new urban space said to have been meticulously planned. #HowThisWorks #Kharghar #Navi Mumbai #Panvel #Vashi