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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 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

Feb 22, 2016

Lathicharge at BHU: Just one more incident in a long line that has inured us to police brutality

Police's lathicharge on demonstrating students at BHU was similar to the way in which washermen thrash a garment on a flat stone in the dhobi ghats. #Arvind Kejriwal #Banaras Hindu University #BHU #InMyOpinion #Police brutality #police lathicharge #Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Feb 20, 2016

TV is sick, TV is dying: Why it is important to watch Ravish Kumar’s blacked out show

Last night NDTV India, anchored by Ravish Kumar, turned the visuals off and had Devanagari words flashing words to underline what the anchor was saying. #Arnab Goswami #Barkha Dutt #CNN-IBN #Critical Point #CriticalPoint #NDTV #NDTV India #Rajdeep Sardesai #Ravish Kumar #Times Now

Feb 17, 2016

CM Fadnavis’ MMR plan is a new idea: But by when will we actually see it implemented?

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has now spoken of making the larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) an ‘Economic Capital Region” without indicating fully what he meant by it. It would have been better if he had, because the old aspiration of Mumbai — a part of the MMR — to be a Hong Kong, a Singapore, a Shanghai, or even a financial centre has not been realised #ConnectTheDots #Devendra Fadnavis #Maharashtra Housing Development Authority #Mumbai Metropolitan Region #Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority #transport woes #Unified Mumbai Metropolitan Transport Authority

Jan 23, 2016

Watch: Redevelopment will be hard blow for Dharavi where enterprise has flourished despite state’s neglect

Dharavi's redevelopment plan is designed to meet the requirements of the builders and developers rather than that of slum dwellers who, by law, are entitled to replacement housing. #Congress #Devendra Fadnavis #Dharavi #Dharavi redevelopment #FWeekend #Nandan Nilekani #Rahul Gandhi