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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.

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

Feb 12, 2014

NCP readies for a tough battle, minister wants migrant voters to postpone holidays

The NCP has come to a determination that the Lok Sabha 2014 is going to be a tough battle and not far from what its partner Congress thinks. #Congress #Ganesh Naik #Maharashtra #Mumbai #NCP #north Indian migrants

Jan 29, 2014

Why the EC need not rush into hiking election spend limits

If AAP candidates spent below their allowed limits for the Assembly elections, other candidates can follow suit in the Lok Sabha elections. #Aam Aadmi Party #Bhartaiya Janata Party #candidate selection #Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal #Congress #Election Commission of India #Lok Sabha Election 2014

Jan 26, 2014

Rail minister’s ‘take a bus’ suggestion is like asking the starving to eat cake

Mumbai's rail commuters are no whiners. Every commuter using a Western, Central and Harbour line train is actually a braveheart risking his life to get to work and back home. #Central Railway #deaths on tracks #Harbour Line #Metro Rail #Monorail #Mumbai locla trains #Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge #suburban local #Virar-Churchgate #Western Railway

Jan 21, 2014

AAP’s Delhi dharna: Is it fair to call Kejriwal an anarchist?

Everyone except the leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) insist that he was indeed an anarchist. One television anchor even fished out a dictionary and read out the meaning. #AAP dharna #anarchist #Arvind Kejriwal #ConnectTheDots #Delhi #kiran bedi