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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.

Jun 24, 2014

A house for Mr Arvind Kejriwal: Why Delhi won’t have him as a tenant

Arvind Kejriwal is out to tackle the county’s biggest problems – law and order to corruption, people’s participation in decision making to housing – but he is apparently facing a huge personal issue. No one is willing to give him a house on rent in Delhi. Unless he has one, he cannot vacate the Tilak Lane residence which he had got on becoming Delhi’s chief minister. #Arvind Kejriwal #Delhi #Delhi real estate #Kejriwal #Kejriwal's home in Delhi #No house for Kejriwal

Jun 21, 2014

Campa Cola is the ‘us’, the slums are the ‘them’

The ruthless demolitions of the slums have taken place even in places like Golibar where the slum shanties are legal, in the sense they were regularised being pre-1995 structures, and were slotted for slum rehabilitation scheme. #Bombay High Court #Campa Cola #Golibar #InMyOpinion #Medha Patkar #Shiv Sena #Slums #Supreme Court

Jun 20, 2014

How terms laid out by Campa Cola will check illegal housing in Mumbai

Campa Cola raises moral issues hard to duck though they are lost in the plethora of court cases seeking stays for demolitions. There are a lot more non-slum illegal structures than one can imagine. #BMC #Campa Cola Compound #Campa Cola residents #conditions #HowThisWorks #illegal constructions #Letter #Mumbai #state government

Jun 17, 2014

Why Mamata’s idea of a blue Kolkata differs from pink Jaipur

Mamata Didi is scant concerned about the coffers of the civic body depleting this fiscal by offering an exemption from payment of the house tax. #CPM #Economy #InMyOpinion #Jaipur #Kolkata #Mamata Banerjee #Pink city #Politics #States #West Bengal

May 19, 2014

Before Assembly polls in Maharashtra, an assertive BJP, a cautious Sena

How the BJP tries to leverage its improved position in Maharashtra will be the most interesting pre-poll political story in the state where the Congress stands decimated. #Ashok Chavan #Election Results #Election Results Live 2014 #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #NDA #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

May 10, 2014

Tradition be damned: President Pranab should vote this election

This idea of not voting to be neutral is a claim to false neutrality. If it were to ensure that he was not accused of taking sides in government formation when no party of no pre-poll alliance won a majority, it appear a logic stretched too far #BJP #Congress #Democracy #India #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Pranab Mukherjee #President #Rashtrapati Bhavan #ToTheContrary

May 9, 2014

Kicking the bottle: Why Gujarat’s prohibition on alcohol doesn’t work

The official policy bars manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of liquor. Alcohol policy is in the domain of the states but importing it into the states would also mean ushering in a new underground industry – bootlegging. #Alcohol #bootlegging #ConnectTheDots #Gujarat #Illegal alcohol sales #India #Narendra Modi #Prohibition #Revenue from Alcohol

May 3, 2014

Is the law an ass? Not just Modi, everyone flouts the code of conduct

Would it deem it possible to have the last day for nominations the same across the country and freeze all election related activity by the political parties and their candidates and their well-wishers the moment the polling starts in the first phase? #Amethi #BJP #Congress #Election Commission #India #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Lotus Symbol #Model code of conduct #Narendra Modi #Politics #Priyanka Gandhi

Apr 25, 2014

The curious case of the voter ID card: Good for everything but voting

It is ironic that the ‘Voter’s ID’ as we know it, is actually an ‘Elector Photo Identity Card, which has been abbreviated by the Central Election Commission itself as EPIC. #Election Commission #India #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Mumbai Election #Politics #ThatsJustWrong #Voter ID #Voter ID card