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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.

Jul 31, 2014

Disaster tourism for politicians: Rajnath, Chavan visit Pune landslide site

When persons holding high office enter a disaster zone, local partymen to join in to trample on the accident site, elbowing out those engaged in the mammoth rescue operation. #Ajit Pawar #Disaster Tourism #Landslide #Maharashtra #Malin village #Natural disasters #OnOurMind #Prithviraj Chavan #Pune #tragedy

Jul 30, 2014

Thane: Don’t believe glossy real estate ads, this city is no escape from Mumbai

Thane suffers from a highly politicised municipal governance that is ineffective -- its green cover claims are dubious, it has no idea how to deal with the fastest growing population and its infrastructure is crumbling. #Governance #Green Cover #Infrastructure #InMyOpinion #Mumbai #Mumbai Metropolitan Region #Real estate prices #realty #stray dogs #Thane #Transport #Trees

Jul 28, 2014

Forget good rains, Mumbai doesn’t deserve even a normal monsoon

There is no other way of overcoming the administrative ills. Just change the factors that expose the inadequacies and believe all is well. #BMC #InMyOpinion #MCGM #Mumbai #rainfall #Rainfall preparedness #water problems

Jul 24, 2014

Shiv Sena MP force feeding Muslim: Political goondagardi yet again?

That the MPs, who as a class, vote privileges onto themselves and consider themselves the only one entitled to the cream of the land, consider that they can protest at anything that goes against their grain. #Anand Paranjape #Arshad Zubair #InMyOpinion #IRCTC #New Maharashtra Sadan #Politics #Rajan Vichare #Sanjiv Naik #Shiv Sena

Jul 21, 2014

When time is stretchable: What CBI’s latest failure in Badaun gangrape shows

If anything could tell us about how we as a country have utter disregard for time, then it is from the inundation of the graves of the two Badaun girls. #Badaun #Badaun gang rape case #Badaun gang-rape victims #Badaun rape victims #CBI #CBI investigation #Ganga #InMyOpinion #NewsTracker #OnlyInIndia #Rape

Jul 9, 2014

Why is the media ignoring the plight of drought striken farmers?

One does not expect breast-beating reportage, but we are entitled to know if farmers bought their seeds even as they tried tilling their lands anticipating the monsoon #Drought #farmers #India #Media #MediaCrit #Palakkad #Rural farmland

Jul 4, 2014

Stranded by rains on a Mumbai local: Why being resilient does not help Mumbaikars

Why should the Mumbai commuter be stoic? Is helplessness the key ingredient to this mental make-up of its citizens? #Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus #InMyOpinion #Kurla #Mumbai Local #Mumbai rains #Vidyavihar

Jun 24, 2014

A house for Mr Arvind Kejriwal: Why Delhi won’t have him as a tenant

Arvind Kejriwal is out to tackle the county’s biggest problems – law and order to corruption, people’s participation in decision making to housing – but he is apparently facing a huge personal issue. No one is willing to give him a house on rent in Delhi. Unless he has one, he cannot vacate the Tilak Lane residence which he had got on becoming Delhi’s chief minister. #Arvind Kejriwal #Delhi #Delhi real estate #Kejriwal #Kejriwal's home in Delhi #No house for Kejriwal

Jun 21, 2014

Campa Cola is the ‘us’, the slums are the ‘them’

The ruthless demolitions of the slums have taken place even in places like Golibar where the slum shanties are legal, in the sense they were regularised being pre-1995 structures, and were slotted for slum rehabilitation scheme. #Bombay High Court #Campa Cola #Golibar #InMyOpinion #Medha Patkar #Shiv Sena #Slums #Supreme Court