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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, 2014

Before Assembly polls in Maharashtra, an assertive BJP, a cautious Sena

How the BJP tries to leverage its improved position in Maharashtra will be the most interesting pre-poll political story in the state where the Congress stands decimated. #Ashok Chavan #Election Results #Election Results Live 2014 #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #NDA #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

May 10, 2014

Tradition be damned: President Pranab should vote this election

This idea of not voting to be neutral is a claim to false neutrality. If it were to ensure that he was not accused of taking sides in government formation when no party of no pre-poll alliance won a majority, it appear a logic stretched too far #BJP #Congress #Democracy #India #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Pranab Mukherjee #President #Rashtrapati Bhavan #ToTheContrary

May 9, 2014

Kicking the bottle: Why Gujarat’s prohibition on alcohol doesn’t work

The official policy bars manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of liquor. Alcohol policy is in the domain of the states but importing it into the states would also mean ushering in a new underground industry – bootlegging. #Alcohol #bootlegging #ConnectTheDots #Gujarat #Illegal alcohol sales #India #Narendra Modi #Prohibition #Revenue from Alcohol

May 3, 2014

Is the law an ass? Not just Modi, everyone flouts the code of conduct

Would it deem it possible to have the last day for nominations the same across the country and freeze all election related activity by the political parties and their candidates and their well-wishers the moment the polling starts in the first phase? #Amethi #BJP #Congress #Election Commission #India #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Lotus Symbol #Model code of conduct #Narendra Modi #Politics #Priyanka Gandhi

Apr 25, 2014

The curious case of the voter ID card: Good for everything but voting

It is ironic that the ‘Voter’s ID’ as we know it, is actually an ‘Elector Photo Identity Card, which has been abbreviated by the Central Election Commission itself as EPIC. #Election Commission #India #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Mumbai Election #Politics #ThatsJustWrong #Voter ID #Voter ID card

Apr 24, 2014

Why Mumbai’s middle class just lost its right to criticise the govt

By and large, Mumbaikars, except those who live in the slums, have lost the right to express displeasure on TV shows, Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else, over issues of governance. #AAP #BJP #Congress #Mumbai #Mumbai Elections #Mumbai voter turn-out #Mumbai's middle class #Mumbai's slum vote #NCP

Apr 24, 2014

Can high voter turnout disrupt the dynastic politics of Thane?

If you want to see even urban parliamentary constituencies which have a strong streak of dynastic politics, Thane may be the best example. #Bhiwandi #Ganesh Naik #Hiten Thakur #Kalyan #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena #Thane

Apr 21, 2014

How Kejriwal missed a chance to stage a comeback NTR style

NT Rama Rao's Telugu Desam government in Andhra Pradesh returned to power not by a re-poll or by legal intervention but by the sheer power of the angry people. #AAP #Andhra Pradesh #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Congress #InMyOpinion #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #NT Rama Rao #Politics #States #Telugu Desam Party

Apr 13, 2014

EC’s cash chase makes politicians see red, Pawar questions authority

It is the worst kept secret that candidates spend much more than what they show in their account submissions after the contest is over. #Cash #Election Commission #HowThisWorks #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Model code of conduct #Politics #Sharad Pawar

Apr 11, 2014

How Election Commission makes law return to India during polls

In 2006, EC reasserted its powers via the Supreme Court when a high court stopped its powers to transfer Chennai Police Commissioner. #Collector Vinod Rao #Election Commission #InMyOpinion #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Mamata Banerjee #Narendra Modi #Om Prakash Chautala #Sukumar Sen #Vadodara
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