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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 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

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
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