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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.

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

Aug 28, 2013

A political class: The tweeters who won’t follow

To the Indian politician, his voice is the sweetest, and the string of words they spout is strong reason to the extent of being sublime wisdom. They do not even speak except at each other. #arendra Modi #BJP #Congress #facebook #followers #Meenakshi Lekhi #social media #Sonia Gandhi #Twitter

Aug 26, 2013

Not Cong or BJP: Sharad Pawar predicts a 2014 post-poll jostle

According to him, either of the two mainline parties, mainline because they are the biggest by numbers with wider spread across states, would need crutches to form a government and stay in power. #BJP #Congress #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Manmohan Singh #Narendra Modi #Rahul Gandhi #Sharad Pawar #Sonia Gandhi

Aug 25, 2013

Why onion prices may decide fate of political parties in 2014

Simply because BJP sold it at Rs 25 a kg for a few days in Delhi does not make it a party that works. #BJP #HowThisWorks #onions #rising prices #subsidised prices

Aug 22, 2013

Dabholkar’s murder shows how liberalism is dying in Maharashtra

The activist’s efforts at curbing on superstitions had earned him enemies in the religious circles. #Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti #black magic #India #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra #Murder #Narendra Dabholkar #Superstition

Aug 17, 2013

Child malnutrition in Mumbai claims thousands of lives

What if such deaths occur in the shiny, glitzy Mumbai? And such deaths do happen, not in a stray manner, but in their hundreds and thousands. #Amravati #child #Govandi #Malnutrition #Mumbai #ThatsJustWrong

Aug 15, 2013

While the world talks of Hyperloop, Mumbai still can’t build its roads right

Compared to Musk’s idea and the near realisation of Martin Aircraft’s project, we are in the Stone Age. #Elon Musk #HyperLoop #JetPacks #Mumbai #Mumbai roads #OnOurMind

Aug 13, 2013

‘Anarchy’ in Parliament: Was Ansari really off the mark?

Ansari's comments invited the ire of the MPs in Parliament but was he really wrong in his description of how proceedings have taken place? #BJP #InMyOpinion #Legislators #Mohammed Hamid Ansari #Opposition #parliament #Rajya Sabha #TDP

Aug 9, 2013

That déjà vu feeling: A tribal child dies of malnutrition

Malnutrition deaths of tribal children reveal how how plans and budgets mean nothing. More money for programs just means more money that can be pilfered. #ConnectTheDots #India #Madhukar Pichad #Malnutrition #Tribal children #Tribal deaths