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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 29, 2015

Rahul’s aam aadmi avatar: Janata class travel to Punjab is just another PR stunt

Rahul did the first ten km on day one, and the rest the next day. Indian media is not proactive enough to position its journalists in some remote place as Gaurikund; even in disasters, they steal flights on choppers that could have carried relief instead. #Dehradoon #Gaurikund #Punjab #Rahul Gandhi #Rail yatra #South Africa #Varanasi

Apr 24, 2015

Why solely blaming AAP for Gajendra Singh’s death may not be entirely right

In the case of Gajendra Singh, it is going to be tough to decide if it was a self-motivated enterprise, or a dramatics that spun out of control, including Singh's. #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #Bharatiya Janata Party #BJP #Congress #Dausa #Farmer suicide #Gajendra Singh #Jantar Mantar #Politics #PoliticsDecoder

Apr 22, 2015

Fadnavis is right in scrapping the Mumbai Development Plan 2034

The purpose of the DP 2034 was to decide the land use across the city, and it cannot be that the DP overlays a map over the existing spaces which have been put to different uses. #Devendra Fadnavis #Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra #Mumbai #Mumbai DP 2034

Apr 16, 2015

Narayan Rane may have lost the bypoll, but don’t write his political obituary

Knowing the man, Narayan Rane has enough steam left in him to return to battle, for ambition is both his weakness and strength. #Congress #Mumbai #Narayan Rane #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena

Mar 20, 2015

Christian MPs hold unprecedented meet to discuss attacks: Here’s why Modi should care

With the attacks on Christians seeing a rise, Christian MPs have decided to form a joint front in Parliament. It is not clear if the decision was of the MPs alone, or had the blessing of the cardinals. #Baselios Cheemas #BJP #Central Hall #Christianity #CriticalPoint #India #Ivan Dias #Julio Rebeiro #minorities #Muslims #Narendra Modi #Religion #RSS

Mar 9, 2015

Mulayam Singh has swine flu, and here’s why he won’t be treated at AIIMS

Mulayam Singh Yadav was admitted to a private hospital and not even AIIMS in Delhi which is touted to be best medicare provider in the state sector. #hospital #HowThisWorks #India #Mulayam Singh Yadav #Public health

Mar 5, 2015

Mr Kejriwal, voting out Yogendra, Prashant doesn’t make AAP democratic

By this single event, the party has lost much sheen, of being a democratic party to one which seeks compliance to a single individual, something the public may never have anticipated would transpire. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #Bhushan #Democracy #Manish Sisodia #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Prashant #Yogendra Yadav

Mar 4, 2015

Instead of resigning as National Convenor, Kejriwal should step in to stop AAP crisis

Arvind Kejriwal still has time to stave off a crisis in the party where, amid public acrimony, two leaders who gave a whole lot of intellectual dimension to the Aam Aadmi Party #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #AAP Rift #Arvind Kejriwal #India #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Prashant Bhushan #Yogendra Yadav

Feb 18, 2015

Panchayat group in Vadodara wants to join AAP: Here’s why Kejriwal shouldn’t take them in

The AAP could be guided by the fact that the intent of a ruling group to migrate to AAP has come from a local body in Gujarat and especially from within the Lok Sabha constituency from where Narendra Modi won. #AAP #BJP #Delhi Assembly Election 2015 #Gujarat #Panchayat #PoliticalPlay #Politics