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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.

Sep 20, 2014

What Rohit Shetty doesn’t get: We need to have domestic slum tours

A walk through a slum would be quite educative to the non-slum residents. The enormity of a struggle of a life in hovels comes alive. #CriticalPoint #Economic stratum #Housing #Maharashtra #Mumbai #Real estate #Rohit Shetty #slum dwellers #slum rehabilitation #Slums #urban poor

Sep 20, 2014

Maharashtra stand-off: Shiv Sena can’t discount might of Modi wave

The Sena seems to have misunderstood that its own improved performance in the Lok Sabha polls was a consequence of its own popularity rather than the Narendra Modi wave. #BJP #Congress #Hindutva #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Narendra Modi #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena #States #Uddhav Thackeray

Sep 15, 2014

Maharashtra polls: Why Shiv Sena and BJP are better off without each other

Are Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena contesting against each other for the voters’ favour in the Maharashtra Assembly elections due in a few weeks from now? #BJP #Congress #Maharashtra Assembly Elections #Maharashtra Assembly polls #NCP #PoliticsDecoder #Sharad Pawar #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

Sep 14, 2014

No lal batti obsession: What is expected of Mumbai’s new mayor Snehal Ambekar

Snehal Ambekar needed some "standard", and wanted a red beacon on her official car because it behoves a person holding the mayoral office. She often would be required to go to the airport to receive VIPs, including foreigners, and the red beacon would make it easier for her to discharge that duty. #ConnectTheDots #lal batti #Mayor #Mumbai #Mumbai mayor #red beacon #Snehal Ambekar

Sep 3, 2014

Mixing religion and politics: Will cops crack down on misuse of Ganpati fest?

The Thane police have issued notices to Ganpati mandals saying mandals are religious places and should not be used for politicking. #Ganesha #Ganpati #Ganpati mandals #InMyOpinion #Lokmanya Tilak #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014 #Mumbai

Aug 18, 2014

Banning children: How Mumbai’s dahi handi became a political event

Dahi Handi is not a blood sport, but it can cause serious injuries, and has even caused death, when people fall in the attempt. #BJP #dahi handi #Goa #HowThisWorks #India #Maharashtra #Mumbai #Politics #Shiv Sena #Thane

Aug 11, 2014

Delhi deadlock: How secret ballot may not be the right option to break it

The deadlock persists with no visible signs of any move towards a solution and at the centre of this inactivity is the Lieutenant Governor. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Congress #Narendra Modi #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #States

Aug 8, 2014

High court comes tough on illegal hoarding, will civic bodies comply?

Politicians, and more often their followers, put them up either to proclaim their own or their leaders’ birthdays or appointments either in government or to some nominal post within the party’s borough branch itself. They curry favour with leaders, thanking them for support. #Bombay High Court #civic bodies #Congress #Election Commission of India #Illegal hoardings #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra Navnirman Sena #Shiv Sena