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Mahesh Vijapurkar

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.

Aug 19, 2015

Eradicating the gender bias: Is it time for Mumbai to get ‘women only’ bars?

This is a reality faced a while ago by a Vasai-based Marathi author, Kavita Mahajan and narrated on her Facebook wall triggering responses from women who asked, don’t the women have their own space? Was a male companion de riguer in a modern city, which boasts of independent women, making their careers, some as single women by choice? #ConnectTheDots #Drinking #Gender bias #Mumbai #Women #Women only bars

Aug 16, 2015

Discrepancies or dishonesty? How black money estimates are frequently miscalculated

The Hindu reports that the cash found from an engineer’s home near Kolkata was Rs 20.75 cr. The Times of India puts it at over Rs 24 cr. Both mention gold separately. This variation or discrepancy can be a metaphor for the lack of estimation, forget knowledge, of the black money in India. #Black money #ConnectTheDots #Corruption #India

Aug 6, 2015

Dear Congress, isn’t burning effigy of LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ‘murder of democracy’ too?

Disdain towards parliament's functional aspects by its members is one thing. Disrespect towards the Speaker by demonstrations outside her residence is quite another. #Congress & BJP #Lok Sabha #Monsoon Session of Lok Sabha 2015 #Sumitra Mahajan

Jul 26, 2015

Dr Deshmukh: A VC has a stature; your University had a John Matthai

University of Mumbai’s newly appointed VC, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh visiting a politician, Raj Thackeray who is not even in power to offer any benediction, is not sending out a good signal. #InMyOpinion #MNS #Mumbai #Mumbai Univercity #Raj Thackeray #Sanjay Deshmukh #Shiv Sena #Vice Chancellor #Vinod Tawde

Jul 24, 2015

Parliament washout: Politicians have decided TV is the place to speak, Parliament to shout

If the MPs are complicit in rendering Parliament redundant, there is a case to state that television has been an accessory to it by providing an alternative platform which is purposeless because even there, one sees more madness than sense. It is by now a pattern of Indian politics that Parliament’s functioning is obstructed and then points are sought to be made on the TV. T #InMyOpinion #Lok Sabha TV #Monsoon Session of Parliament #parliament #Rajya Sabha TV

Jul 22, 2015

Of mice and rains: Mumbai’s fortunes could be tied to its ability to curb its rat population

Rat urine, when it contaminates flooded areas of Mumbai - a normal feature every monsoon - leads to cases of leptospirosis. #InMyOpinion #leptospirosis #Mumbai #Rains #rats

Jul 1, 2015

How to build a political stronghold: A case study of the Thakurs of the Vasai Virar civic body

A small, extremely localised political party, run by a menacing but at the same time benevolent politician, did to Vasai Virar in its municipal history in the past week what Aam Aadmi did to Delhi few months ago. #Bahujan Vikas Aghadi #BJP #Congress #Hitendra Thakur #HowThisWorks #Maharashtra #Mumbai #Navi Mumbai #NCP #Thane #Vasai Virar

Jun 29, 2015

‘Shut down Karnataka Lokayukta’: After fresh corruption charges, anti-graft body comes under cloud

At a time when the credibility of the Karnataka Lokayukta is waning in the state, fresh charges have rocked the independent anti-corruption body. #anti-corruption body #ConnectTheDots #Corruption #Karnataka Lokayukta #LokAyukta #Santosh Hegde

Jun 20, 2015

Horrid monsoons: 10 reasons why Mumbai has to suffer every single year

One does not need to opt for a PhD thesis to unravel why this horrid experience visits upon the city of Mumbai. The real reasons are as follows, best provided in bullet points for easy understanding. #India #Mithi River #Monsoons #Mumbai #Waste management