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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.

Feb 11, 2015

Ready, set, slow: Can AAP avoid the pitfalls that come with absolute power?

It is possible that AAP's scale of victory may embolden it to be reckless and that is precisely what needs to be resolutely avoided. #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #Delhi Assembly Election 2015 #Delhi Election 2015 #India #Politics #PoliticsDecoder

Feb 7, 2015

Delhi polls: AAP, BJP, Cong made noise but didn’t say what they would do

None of the parties engaged in any meaningful debate ahead of the Delhi election. #BJP #Congress #Delhi Assembly Election 2015 #Delhi. AAP #India #InMyOpinion

Feb 2, 2015

A memorial for Dr Ambedkar: Why look to London when his Dadar house lies neglected?

Instead of London, the Maharashtra government could work to build a memorial to Dr Ambedkar at his Mumbai home. #Chaityabhoomi #Dadar #Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar #InMyOpinion #London #Mumbai

Jan 6, 2015

Congress, NCP pay for electoral routs, recruitment drives turn into damp squib

Having lost the elections to both the Lok Sabha and the State Legislature, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress are failing to draw new membership which would strengthen their muscles for the next electoral outing. #BJP #Congress #Maharashtra #Nationalist Congress Party #Pimpri-Chinchwad #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena #States

Jan 3, 2015

Mumbai railway chaos: The anger is not at trains, but an uncaring govt

The chaos after Mumbai's central line got delayed could well be rage at being seen as second-class citizens by the state. #anger #BMC #Central Railway Line #Diva #HowThisWorks #Mumbai #Protests #Real estate #Thane #trains

Dec 29, 2014

Graft unlimited: Freezing of Maharashtra irrigation projects causes no tremors

Corruption in Maharashtra and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation is so entrenched that no political praty seems able to deal with the issue. #Anti-Corruption Bureau #Corruption #Devendra Fadnavis #InMyOpinion #Irrigation #Maharashtra #Mumbai Municipal Corporation #Politics #Shiv Sena #States

Dec 19, 2014

How seats bought in private medical colleges make healthcare expensive in India

It can be argued that not all seats in private medical colleges are sold from quotas allowed by the authorities but when they start their practice, they set a benchmark in fees and ways for their peers who won their seats on pure merit. #ConnectTheDots #Education #Health #Healthcare #MBBS #Medical Council of India #Private medical college

Dec 5, 2014

Big fat Maharashtra reunion: Sena may get power, but has lost more than it gained

Like wintering birds do from the cold climes to more alluring, comfortable zones across the globe, the Sena crossed over from the Opposition to Treasury. #BJP #Congress #India #Maharashtra #NCP #Opposition #PoliticalPlay #Politics #Shiv Sena #Treasury

Dec 4, 2014

RPI’s Ramdas Athawale: The dilemmas of an insecure Dalit leader

By tomorrow, Ramdas Athawale, leader of the largest Dalit faction in Maharashtra, will have to decide whether he will join the ministry in Maharashtra or hope to join the Modi government in Delhi. #Dalit politics #Dalits #Maharashtra Assembly #Nationalist Congress Party #NCP #PoliticalPlay #Ramdas Athawale #Republican Party of India #RPI