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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.

Nov 12, 2013

Navi Mumbai airport land deal: Virtually cashless, so priceless

Had there been a cash component in the acquisition deal for 670 hectares, there could have been further delays. #CIDCO #Congress #Maharashtra #Mumbai #Mumbai Real Estate #Navi Mumbai airport #Panvel

Oct 31, 2013

Wagah Border and Modi’s electoral win on TV

The prime ministerial aura has already been invested on Narendra Modi, every word he says at a rally, or on social media is analysed. #Narendra Modi #OnOurMinds #Politics #Wagah Border

Oct 28, 2013

Voter’s Dilemma: How to build a strong wave in favour of one party

The government has destroyed much and been exposed as one of the most corrupt dispensations since Independence. But the opposition has done no better. #BJP #Congress #InMyOpinion #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #NDA #UPA

Oct 27, 2013

Dear Congress, if ‘maut ka saudagar’ is okay, so is Modi’s ‘shahzade’

In political speeches, especially during election time when even a personal friend in a rival party is a veritable foe, barbs are quite in order, so long as they are not off colour. #BJP #Congress #maut ka saudagar #Narendra Modi #NDA #Rahul Gandhi #shahzaada #Sonia Gandhi #UPA

Oct 25, 2013

Pawar’s view on Rahul: Is it a precondition for forming UPA-III?

Pawar’s relationship with the First Family is troubled. He left the party quite early on because Mrs Indira Gandhi did not allow internal democracy. #Congress #Indira #Maharashtra #Pawar #PoliticsDecoder #Rahul Gandhi #UPA

Oct 23, 2013

Beyond Wankhede: Can Sachin take up the cause of the differently abled?

We are a country of people actually inimical to this class of differently abled persons and heap barriers in their way. #Access #Accessibility #differently-abled #facilites #India #InMyOpinion #Jayant Patil #Rights #Sachin Tendulkar #Wankhede

Oct 18, 2013

2001 to 2011: Are Mumbai’s slums on the decline?

It would be wrong to assume the decline in slum dwelling population’s numbers on a pro rata basis. If 52.2 percent slum households meant 54.2 percent of the population, then 41.3 percent does not mean only as much of slum proportion. #Bandra #Census 2011 #ConnectTheDots #Floor space index #Mumbai #Mumbai slums #Slum Rehabilitation Authority

Oct 17, 2013

Slums and the city: There would be no Mumbai without its outsiders

Migrants don’t steal jobs from locals, they accept to perform dirty, dangerous and degrading jobs which the locals do not want to do. #Dharavi #Internal migrants #Koli community #Maharashtra #MNS #Mumbai #Mumbai slums #Shiv Sena #UNESCO #WhyNow