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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.

Jan 23, 2016

Watch: Redevelopment will be hard blow for Dharavi where enterprise has flourished despite state’s neglect

Dharavi's redevelopment plan is designed to meet the requirements of the builders and developers rather than that of slum dwellers who, by law, are entitled to replacement housing. #Congress #Devendra Fadnavis #Dharavi #Dharavi redevelopment #FWeekend #Nandan Nilekani #Rahul Gandhi

Jan 16, 2016

What do music colleges produce? Artistes or good listeners?

Colleges do not deal with the critical aspect of learning music — how to do riyaz, which is practicing at length on a daily basis to perfect and retain perfection in singing or playing instruments. #Classical music #FWeekend #India #Indian classical music #Indian music #Kishori Amonkar #Mridula Dhade-Joshi #Mukundraj Deo #Music colleges #Rahul Deshpande #TheySaidIt #Vidyadhar Oak #Vrushali Dabke

Dec 16, 2015

Will Amaravati’s futuristic model set a benchmark for Indian cities to cut pollution and traffic jams?

The smaller cities are where the potential problems, which may emerge in all their intensities within a couple of decades, are being entirely ignored. #Amaravati #climate change #Indian Railways #InMyOpinion #Malnutrition #parking #Pollution #Urban poverty #World Health Organisation

Nov 25, 2015

With Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, Lalu has strengthened his dynasty in Bihar

In the euphoric press conference soon after BJP was trounced in Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav said “it was neither JD(U) government nor RJD government. It is a 'Mahagatbandhan sarkar'. Soon after the cabinet was sworn on Friday, there is room for some ambiguity, for it could be a Nitish Kumar Government with Lalu Yadav, via his two sons, trying to wrest at least half control, if not more, of the arrangement. #JD(U) #Lalu Yadav #Misa Yadav #Nitish Kumar #PoliticsDecoder #Rabri Devi #RJD #Tej Pratap Yadav #Tejashwi Yadav

Nov 19, 2015

In Mumbai, first citizen faces eviction as Shiv Sena refuses to compromise on Thackeray memorial

The Sena needed the BJP to have its man in the neighbouring city’s mayoral chair, much like the BJP needed the Sena to have a stable government, even if it was a troubled government. #Bal Thackeray #BJP #ConnectTheDots #Devendra Fadnavis #Mayor's bungalow #memorial #MNS #Sena-BJP alliance #Shiv Sena #Shivaji park

Oct 13, 2015

Uddhav’s tantrum on Ambedkar memorial: Sena played into BJP’s hands

Sena actually played into the BJP hands, conferring full credit to it for a project, which has been in the air for quite some time, hanging fire as it were because of acquiring the Indu Mills land, and deciding on what shape the memorial should take. By screaming that a government event was turned into a BJP event, the opposition has strengthened the perception. Politics is all about perceptions. #Ambedkar Memorial #BJP #ConnectTheDots #Mumbai #Shiv Sena

Oct 6, 2015

Building toilets across nation is fine, but who’ll check on how good they are?

Given the toilet construction spree the relevant question is: what about toilet training to ensure they’re used properly? #cleanliness #excrement #excreta #InMyOpinion #Swacch Bharat #Toilets #Venkiah Naidu

Sep 24, 2015

Killer potholes of India: Civic bodies should have to pay up for the deaths they cause

If a doctor can face legal action for malpractice or negligence, why can’t civic bodies be held responsible for road accidents that occur due to potholes caused by their negligence? #accidents by negligence #InMyOpinion #malpractice #Municipal corporation #potholes

Sep 19, 2015

Delhi babu falls into manhole, makes headlines: He merely got a taste of what Indians face daily

While a bureaucrat falling into a manhole in Delhi made headlines what about the common man? #Arvind Kejriwal #Delhi #hospital #IAS #India #JustSaying

Sep 17, 2015

From Aurangzeb Road to Aurangabad: Why the BJP isn’t too keen on the renaming game

Older than the calls for Aurangzeb Road to be renamed Abdul Kalam Road is the Shiv Sena's demand for Aurangabad to be renamed Sambhajinagar. Here's why the BJP is keeping its distance from these plans #Aurangabad #Aurangzeb #Aurangzeb Road #BJP #Chhatrapati Shivaji #ConnectTheDots #Shiv Sena #Venkaiah Naidu