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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 6, 2016

Tutorials are a testament to the fact that formal education system exists, but does not deliver

Nearly a quarter of the student population or 7-odd crore go to off-school tutorials. One thing is sure: Formal education in schools exists, but it does not deliver #competitive exams #CriticalPoint #Education system #Entrance exams #formal education #IITs #Medical colleges #National Sample Survey Organisation #Schools

Feb 22, 2016

Lathicharge at BHU: Just one more incident in a long line that has inured us to police brutality

Police's lathicharge on demonstrating students at BHU was similar to the way in which washermen thrash a garment on a flat stone in the dhobi ghats. #Arvind Kejriwal #Banaras Hindu University #BHU #InMyOpinion #Police brutality #police lathicharge #Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Feb 20, 2016

TV is sick, TV is dying: Why it is important to watch Ravish Kumar’s blacked out show

Last night NDTV India, anchored by Ravish Kumar, turned the visuals off and had Devanagari words flashing words to underline what the anchor was saying. #Arnab Goswami #Barkha Dutt #CNN-IBN #Critical Point #CriticalPoint #NDTV #NDTV India #Rajdeep Sardesai #Ravish Kumar #Times Now

Feb 17, 2016

CM Fadnavis’ MMR plan is a new idea: But by when will we actually see it implemented?

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has now spoken of making the larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) an ‘Economic Capital Region” without indicating fully what he meant by it. It would have been better if he had, because the old aspiration of Mumbai — a part of the MMR — to be a Hong Kong, a Singapore, a Shanghai, or even a financial centre has not been realised #ConnectTheDots #Devendra Fadnavis #Maharashtra Housing Development Authority #Mumbai Metropolitan Region #Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority #transport woes #Unified Mumbai Metropolitan Transport Authority

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