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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 28, 2013

Voter’s Dilemma: How to build a strong wave in favour of one party

The government has destroyed much and been exposed as one of the most corrupt dispensations since Independence. But the opposition has done no better. #BJP #Congress #InMyOpinion #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #NDA #UPA

Oct 27, 2013

Dear Congress, if ‘maut ka saudagar’ is okay, so is Modi’s ‘shahzade’

In political speeches, especially during election time when even a personal friend in a rival party is a veritable foe, barbs are quite in order, so long as they are not off colour. #BJP #Congress #maut ka saudagar #Narendra Modi #NDA #Rahul Gandhi #shahzaada #Sonia Gandhi #UPA

Oct 25, 2013

Pawar’s view on Rahul: Is it a precondition for forming UPA-III?

Pawar’s relationship with the First Family is troubled. He left the party quite early on because Mrs Indira Gandhi did not allow internal democracy. #Congress #Indira #Maharashtra #Pawar #PoliticsDecoder #Rahul Gandhi #UPA

Oct 23, 2013

Beyond Wankhede: Can Sachin take up the cause of the differently abled?

We are a country of people actually inimical to this class of differently abled persons and heap barriers in their way. #Access #Accessibility #differently-abled #facilites #India #InMyOpinion #Jayant Patil #Rights #Sachin Tendulkar #Wankhede

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