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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 19, 2016

Eknath Khadse, Pankaja Munde prove that VIP ‘drought tours’ are a waste of time

Khadse and Munde's tours of drought-affected region resulted in no new findings that will help in solutions being implemented quickly. #Drought #Eknath Khadse #InMyOpinion #Marathwada #Pankaja Munde

Apr 18, 2016

Decongesting Mumbai: Loopholes remain in building height-road width formula

The indiscriminate redevelopment without attending to the general area in which they are taken up has messed up Mumbai. #Ajoy Mehta #Chawl #congestion #ConnectTheDots #FSI #Mumbai #Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

Apr 16, 2016

Eknath Khadse Latur visit: VVIP entourage at disaster sites defies the logic of crisis management

When thousands of litres of water used to prepare Eknath Khadse's Latur visit, such unwarranted VVIP visits defy the very logic of crisis management #CriticalPoint #Eknath Khadse #Eknath Khadse Latur visit #Kerala fireworks disaster #Latur water crisis #Maharashtra drought #Marathwada drought #Narendra Modi

Apr 14, 2016

IPL-drought conundrum: Pools and lawns aside, BCCI showed utter lack of sensitivity

Not all homes have lawns, neither do many apartment complexes in Mumbai or elsewhere. But the fact that a lawn is a water guzzler is known to all, just like the grass on the outfield of cricket venues. But, BCCI has shown utter lack of sensitivity. #Anurag Thakur #BCCI #Bombay HC #Cricket #India #IPL #IPL 2016 #IPL 9 #Mumbai #Mumbai Indians #Pune #Rising Pune Supergiants

Apr 13, 2016

Kollam tragedy aftermath: Tackle firecrackers head on, ban them or make them expensive

Despite the ghastly event at the temple near Kollam, the Kerala Dewasom Board has refused to ban such or any firecrackers at any of the over 1,200 temples it controls. #ConnectTheDots #Firecrackers #Fireworks #Kerala #Kollam #Kollam fire tragedy

Apr 12, 2016

Marathwada drought: Latur cannot be the focal point of the water crisis

Latur could become a metaphor for drinking water scarcity but it cannot be the focal point. #Ausa #ConnectTheDots #Drought #Latur #Marathwada #Marathwada drought #Thane

Apr 8, 2016

By lashing out at BCCI for holding IPL matches in drought-hit Maharashtra, high court has shown it cares

The way bodies like BCCI look at issues like drought in Maharashtra is an indication of the disregard they have for citizens’ concerns #Board of Control for Cricket in India #Bombay High Court #Drought #Indian Premier League #IPL 2016 #IPL 9 #Maharashtra #Marathwada

Apr 7, 2016

Bihar goes ahead with liquor ban: But the prohibition precedent is not very encouraging

Like other states, Bihar had flirted with prohibition briefly over three decades ago and gave up in sheer frustration at not being able to enforce it. #alcohol ban #bIhar #Bihar liquor ban #ConnectTheDots #Gujarat #IMFL #Nitish Kumar #Prohibition

Apr 6, 2016

Tutorials are a testament to the fact that formal education system exists, but does not deliver

Nearly a quarter of the student population or 7-odd crore go to off-school tutorials. One thing is sure: Formal education in schools exists, but it does not deliver #competitive exams #CriticalPoint #Education system #Entrance exams #formal education #IITs #Medical colleges #National Sample Survey Organisation #Schools