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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 7, 2014

LS polls: Best indicator of voter reform efforts would be in the turnout

Since we hear it being said from every corner that this is a tightly fought election, the best indicator this voter reform efforts would be in the turn out. If more come out to vote, the more vibrant this democracy becomes. #Democracy #EC #Election Commission #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #NOTA #Polling #Voter reforms #Voter turnout

Mar 24, 2014

Sharad Pawar’s call to vote twice is fraud, not humour

Pawar will have to explain himself. The Election Commission should do so too, for the sanctity of the voters’ list is quite eroded. #Election Commission of India #Election Fraud #InMyOpinion #Karad #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Maharashtra #mathadi kaamgar #mathadi workers #Mumbai #Navi Mumbai #NCP #Satara #Sharad Pawar

Mar 7, 2014

After one ‘interrogation’, why is Rahul meeting the press off-record?

What should be interesting is the reason why Rahul Gandhi is meeting journalists but off the record. #BJP #Congress #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Rahul Gandhi

Mar 5, 2014

Two wrongs of UP police: Subrata gets carrot, stick for doctors

Police lock up are the places where the lesser mortal like Bharat Shah, Harshad Mehta, Ketan Mehta were taken to and where A Raja, Suresh Kalmadi, Kanimozhi too spent time. #Allahabad High Court #InMyOpinion #Sahara Group #Subrata Roy #Supreme Court #Tihar jail #Uttar Pradesh Police

Mar 4, 2014

Legalising Mumbai’s pre-2000 slums: Why it won’t do any good

The Congress-NCP government is hoping to corner votes with the decision but could also run into legal trouble. #HowThisWorks #India #Maharashtra government #Mumbai #Prithviraj Chavan #Slum Rehabilitation Authority #Slums

Feb 26, 2014

Legalising Mumbai’s slums: Why the Cong-NCP govt is in a fix

Legalising pre-2000 slum structures is not going to be easy, but not being able to do so can be an acute embarrassment for Congress and NCP leaders. #Congress #Mumbai #Mumbai's slums #NCP #PoliticalPlay #Slums

Feb 21, 2014

Telangana fall-out: Who is running Andhra now?

Now that Lok Sabha has passed and Rajya Sabha concurred on conceding the demand for Telangana, who is running Andhra Pradesh now? #Andhra bifurcation #India #Indian Politics #Kiran Kumar Reddy #NewsTracker #Telangana

Feb 21, 2014

Telangana ruckus in RS: Only Chiranjeevi got to speak

The well was littered with torn papers believed to be copies of the Bill, some of them thrown towards the PM. Placard carrying members positioned themselves in front of MPs trying to make themselves heard so they could be caught by the cameras. #Andhra Pradesh bifurcation #Arun Jaitley #BJP #Chiranjeevi #Congress #Left #Lok Sabha #Manmohan Singh #Prime Minister #Rajya Sabha #Telangana bill #Telangana statehood #TMC #ToWhatEffect #TRS #Venkiah Naidu

Feb 14, 2014

Unruly MPs: NOTA option will be a timely tight slap

If only each voter were to use the NOTA option in the upcoming elections, and send not one of them to Delhi, the lesson could be driven home #Andhra Pradesh #L Rajagopal #Lagadapati Rajagopal #Lok Sabha #MPs #NOTA #pepper spray #Rajya Sabha #SPY Reddy #UPA