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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 24, 2014

Why Mumbai’s middle class just lost its right to criticise the govt

By and large, Mumbaikars, except those who live in the slums, have lost the right to express displeasure on TV shows, Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else, over issues of governance. #AAP #BJP #Congress #Mumbai #Mumbai Elections #Mumbai voter turn-out #Mumbai's middle class #Mumbai's slum vote #NCP

Apr 24, 2014

Can high voter turnout disrupt the dynastic politics of Thane?

If you want to see even urban parliamentary constituencies which have a strong streak of dynastic politics, Thane may be the best example. #Bhiwandi #Ganesh Naik #Hiten Thakur #Kalyan #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena #Thane

Apr 21, 2014

How Kejriwal missed a chance to stage a comeback NTR style

NT Rama Rao's Telugu Desam government in Andhra Pradesh returned to power not by a re-poll or by legal intervention but by the sheer power of the angry people. #AAP #Andhra Pradesh #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Congress #InMyOpinion #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #NT Rama Rao #Politics #States #Telugu Desam Party

Apr 13, 2014

EC’s cash chase makes politicians see red, Pawar questions authority

It is the worst kept secret that candidates spend much more than what they show in their account submissions after the contest is over. #Cash #Election Commission #HowThisWorks #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Model code of conduct #Politics #Sharad Pawar

Apr 11, 2014

How Election Commission makes law return to India during polls

In 2006, EC reasserted its powers via the Supreme Court when a high court stopped its powers to transfer Chennai Police Commissioner. #Collector Vinod Rao #Election Commission #InMyOpinion #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Mamata Banerjee #Narendra Modi #Om Prakash Chautala #Sukumar Sen #Vadodara

Apr 7, 2014

LS polls: Best indicator of voter reform efforts would be in the turnout

Since we hear it being said from every corner that this is a tightly fought election, the best indicator this voter reform efforts would be in the turn out. If more come out to vote, the more vibrant this democracy becomes. #Democracy #EC #Election Commission #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #NOTA #Polling #Voter reforms #Voter turnout

Mar 24, 2014

Sharad Pawar’s call to vote twice is fraud, not humour

Pawar will have to explain himself. The Election Commission should do so too, for the sanctity of the voters’ list is quite eroded. #Election Commission of India #Election Fraud #InMyOpinion #Karad #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Maharashtra #mathadi kaamgar #mathadi workers #Mumbai #Navi Mumbai #NCP #Satara #Sharad Pawar

Mar 7, 2014

After one ‘interrogation’, why is Rahul meeting the press off-record?

What should be interesting is the reason why Rahul Gandhi is meeting journalists but off the record. #BJP #Congress #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Rahul Gandhi

Mar 5, 2014

Two wrongs of UP police: Subrata gets carrot, stick for doctors

Police lock up are the places where the lesser mortal like Bharat Shah, Harshad Mehta, Ketan Mehta were taken to and where A Raja, Suresh Kalmadi, Kanimozhi too spent time. #Allahabad High Court #InMyOpinion #Sahara Group #Subrata Roy #Supreme Court #Tihar jail #Uttar Pradesh Police