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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 24, 2015

Killer potholes of India: Civic bodies should have to pay up for the deaths they cause

If a doctor can face legal action for malpractice or negligence, why can’t civic bodies be held responsible for road accidents that occur due to potholes caused by their negligence? #accidents by negligence #InMyOpinion #malpractice #Municipal corporation #potholes

Sep 19, 2015

Delhi babu falls into manhole, makes headlines: He merely got a taste of what Indians face daily

While a bureaucrat falling into a manhole in Delhi made headlines what about the common man? #Arvind Kejriwal #Delhi #hospital #IAS #India #JustSaying

Sep 17, 2015

From Aurangzeb Road to Aurangabad: Why the BJP isn’t too keen on the renaming game

Older than the calls for Aurangzeb Road to be renamed Abdul Kalam Road is the Shiv Sena's demand for Aurangabad to be renamed Sambhajinagar. Here's why the BJP is keeping its distance from these plans #Aurangabad #Aurangzeb #Aurangzeb Road #BJP #Chhatrapati Shivaji #ConnectTheDots #Shiv Sena #Venkaiah Naidu

Sep 17, 2015

Don’t know Marathi, can’t drive autos: Here’s how Shiv Sena plans to gain from the move in Maharashtra

Shiv Sena, which started its journey with the plank of sons of the soil and language – together, it is asmita – has not given up on them. #Autorickshaws #ConnectTheDots #India #licenses #Maharashtra #Marathi #Mumbai #nativism #Shiv Sena

Sep 8, 2015

Saamana riddle: Why is the Shiv Sena mouthpiece suddenly pro-progressives?

Sanjay Raut's signed article in Saamana is a strange variation on its normal position, but it has brought the Shiv Sena mouthpiece back into the limelight #ConnectTheDots #MM Kalburgi #Saamana #Sanjay Raut #Uddhav Thackeray

Aug 30, 2015

Raise a toast! Maharashtra relaxes drinking Prohibition in parts

Permits are the consequence of the Prohibition introduced in 1950 and has been one of the biggest shams. #Bombay State #Drinking permit #Eknath Khadse #HowThisWorks #Maharashtra #Narendra Modi #States

Aug 19, 2015

Eradicating the gender bias: Is it time for Mumbai to get ‘women only’ bars?

This is a reality faced a while ago by a Vasai-based Marathi author, Kavita Mahajan and narrated on her Facebook wall triggering responses from women who asked, don’t the women have their own space? Was a male companion de riguer in a modern city, which boasts of independent women, making their careers, some as single women by choice? #ConnectTheDots #Drinking #Gender bias #Mumbai #Women #Women only bars