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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.

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

Sep 28, 2013

Why the right to reject will be the gamechanger in Indian politics

Calling this judgement ‘historical,’ ‘landmark’, ‘a game changer’, and even a major ‘cleanser’ of the political machinery in the country is quite in place. #India #InMyOpinion #negative voting #Ordinance on SC verdict on Lawmakers #Politics #Pranab Mukherjee #Rahul Gandhi #Right to Reject #Supreme Court

Sep 25, 2013

Trapping a leopard: How politics wins the day here too

Trapping the straying big cats is not always the best option. The forest dept bent to pressure while doing it in Thane. #ConnectTheDots #Hiranandai estate #Leopard #Mumbai #Thane #Wildlife

Sep 23, 2013

Muzaffarnagar riots: Why blame prison staff for saluting MLA Sangeet Som

One can easily guess the probable outcomes of the probes into Som’s “welcome” by the staff of the Uttar Pradesh jail where he was lodged. #2G scam #A Raja #BJP #India #Jails #Kanimozhi #Muzaffarnagar riots #OnOurMind #Sangeet Som #Uttar Pradesh

Sep 9, 2013

Muzaffarnagar violence: How politicians wield power over the police

Those in power wield the maximum power. Their wish normally becomes a command. If a local politician, even if of an opposition party, wields influence, then the local administration is quickly called to heel to meet partisan objectives. Money and muscle power, voter strength, are the influencers. #Akhilesh Yadav #ConnectTheDots #Law and Order #Muzaffarnagar #Police #Politicians #Politics #Uttar Pradesh

Sep 5, 2013

Make persons, not offices, accountable for omissions and commissions

Government being impersonal, and therefore thick-skinned, has a tendency of looking at issues raised by the court in an impersonal manner. #Bombay High Court #HowThisWorks #India #Maharashtra #States

Sep 3, 2013

Why Maharashtra doesn’t give a damn for police reforms

The state human rights commission is member-less and headless, cases are piling up. Those with grievances against law enforcers have nowhere to go in Maharashtra. #Connect The Dots #Human Rights #Maharashtra #Maharashtra police
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