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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.

Apr 16, 2015

Narayan Rane may have lost the bypoll, but don’t write his political obituary

Knowing the man, Narayan Rane has enough steam left in him to return to battle, for ambition is both his weakness and strength. #Congress #Mumbai #Narayan Rane #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena

Mar 20, 2015

Christian MPs hold unprecedented meet to discuss attacks: Here’s why Modi should care

With the attacks on Christians seeing a rise, Christian MPs have decided to form a joint front in Parliament. It is not clear if the decision was of the MPs alone, or had the blessing of the cardinals. #Baselios Cheemas #BJP #Central Hall #Christianity #CriticalPoint #India #Ivan Dias #Julio Rebeiro #minorities #Muslims #Narendra Modi #Religion #RSS

Mar 9, 2015

Mulayam Singh has swine flu, and here’s why he won’t be treated at AIIMS

Mulayam Singh Yadav was admitted to a private hospital and not even AIIMS in Delhi which is touted to be best medicare provider in the state sector. #hospital #HowThisWorks #India #Mulayam Singh Yadav #Public health

Mar 5, 2015

Mr Kejriwal, voting out Yogendra, Prashant doesn’t make AAP democratic

By this single event, the party has lost much sheen, of being a democratic party to one which seeks compliance to a single individual, something the public may never have anticipated would transpire. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #Bhushan #Democracy #Manish Sisodia #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Prashant #Yogendra Yadav

Mar 4, 2015

Instead of resigning as National Convenor, Kejriwal should step in to stop AAP crisis

Arvind Kejriwal still has time to stave off a crisis in the party where, amid public acrimony, two leaders who gave a whole lot of intellectual dimension to the Aam Aadmi Party #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #AAP Rift #Arvind Kejriwal #India #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Prashant Bhushan #Yogendra Yadav

Feb 18, 2015

Panchayat group in Vadodara wants to join AAP: Here’s why Kejriwal shouldn’t take them in

The AAP could be guided by the fact that the intent of a ruling group to migrate to AAP has come from a local body in Gujarat and especially from within the Lok Sabha constituency from where Narendra Modi won. #AAP #BJP #Delhi Assembly Election 2015 #Gujarat #Panchayat #PoliticalPlay #Politics

Feb 17, 2015

NCP’s Mr Clean: RR Patil’s legacy was his work in rural Maharashtra

RR Patil’s contribution to Maharashtra was greater as a Rural Development Minister than as the one who held the powerful, but disreputable Home Portfolio #Ajit Pawar #Home Minister #InMemoriam #Maharashtra #NCP #Politics #RR Patil #Sharad Pawar

Feb 16, 2015

Full statehood for Delhi: Why everyone talks with forked tongue

Delhi needs full statehood just as its three municipal corporations need more powers. Devolution is not a one way street, but all politicians seem to talk with forked tongues when it comes to devolving power. #Arvind Kejriwal #Delhi #Delhi Police #Delhi statehood #Manish Sisodia #Municipal Corporation of Delhi #NewsTracker

Feb 14, 2015

Kejriwal should write a thank you note to Lt Governor for not doing his job

Failure to carry forward the small but useful and effective steps showed how the government under the President’s Rule was uncaring about the people’s concerns. It is a manifestation of the state’s failure. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Corruption #Delhi Assembly Elections 2015

Feb 13, 2015

After Delhi, it’s B’lore: AAP’s win suggests it has a future in city governance

AAP's win has shifted focus tohow cities are misgoverned. The party's next foray could thus be in Bengaluru and Mumbai. It is time cities are better served by improved municipal governance. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #Bengaluru Municipal Corporation #Civic Issues #Delhi #Delhi Elections Results #India #Mumbai #PoliticalPlay #Politics