Articles by Mahesh Vijapurkar
Mar 08, 2017
Why dynasties, 'first families' that plague Indian politics are antithetical to democracyPolitical dynasties are a disease which debilitate the democracy by concentrating power and wealth within a few families.
Mar 07, 2017
Arvind Kejriwal's dream of making Delhi 'look like London' should involve all stakeholders and drastic changesDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will make Delhi “look like London”, if it wins the Delhi Municipal Corporation election to be held in April.
Mar 01, 2017
World BanK CEO Kristalina Georgieva boards Mumbai train: Will the promised $1 bn improve commuting experience?World Bank’s Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva, on Tuesday, hopped onto a Mumbai local train and as media reports go, she wanted to get a feel of the local commuter train system, known as the super-dense crowd carrier.
Feb 28, 2017
BMC Election 2017: Will BJP consolidate its gains for 2019 or be hegemonic on local bodies?The ruling BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra has reached a fork in the road. Should it take the path to power in the local bodies, the elections for which were recently held, by making compromises or strive to grow by staying true to itself and its ambitions?
Feb 26, 2017
BMC Election 2017: BJP should stay away from seeking power in the MCGMThe moment has arrived and the BJP has to decide between two choices.
Feb 24, 2017
BMC Election 2017: The complicated history of Shiv Sena, BJP — from friends to enemies to frenemiesIt is of note that the Shiv Sena did not take out impromptu victory rallies on Thursday, celebrating its 84 seats in the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. It is as if there is some prompt introspection about the decision, for they stand to lose control of the civic body, unless there is some post-poll tie-up with some other party.
Feb 23, 2017
BMC Election 2017: BJP and Shiv Sena might not want to admit it, but they need each otherBharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena are neck and neck in the number of seats won in the BMC election. The BJP picked up a lot more seats than before, but fell short of taking control of the civic affairs, its stated ambition. It is not good news for Devendra Fadnivas, BJP, Uddhav Thackeray or Shiv Sena.
Feb 22, 2017
BMC Election 2017: Record turnout in Shiv Sena vs BJP battle raises more questions than answersThe statistic of 55.28 percent is, therefore, mindboggling because Mumbai had seen a turnout as low as 42.1 percent in 2002. So, why? What dragged the reluctant citizen to the polling booth?
Feb 20, 2017
BMC Election 2017: Patronage from corporators brings slum-dwellers to the polls in drovesWhen votes are counted on 23 February to determine who will represent which civic ward in Mumbai, the chances are more slum-dwellers will have cast their votes than those who don't live in slums
Feb 16, 2017
BMC Election 2017: BJP's demand for ban on Shiv Sena's Saamana is a regressive moveA demand has come forth, perhaps the first of its kind, from a political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, that the newspaper Saamana, owned by a Shiv Sena-promoted trust, be banned for three days during the final stages of the civic bodies’ elections in Maharashtra. This is, to say the least, a regressive move and the BJP is not entitled to any accolades even if it were in the interests of a level-playing field between the two parties.