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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.

Aug 6, 2013

Green body orders against illegal sand mining, but who will ensure compliance?

The crux is that laws have not been inadequate, but their enforcement, to put it mildly, has always been quite lax. #Andhra Pradesh High Court #Durga Shakti Nagpal #Illegal sand mining #India #Supreme Court #ThatsJustWrong

Aug 5, 2013

Will Durga Nagpal spur action against India’s sand mafia?

Sand mining is widespread across the country and it seems axiomatic that sand means the immediate presence of a mafia with all its links to the political class which provides the oxygen by throttling, as is in Nagpal’s case, the law and the rules #Akhilesh Yadav #ConnectTheDots #Durga Shakti Nagpal #Environment #India #sand mafia #Sand mining #Uttar Pradesh

Aug 2, 2013

Indian netas and their continuing allergy towards being audited

Prudence, morality, probity are perhaps not the elements one should expect any more in Indian public life. #Durga Shakti Nagpal #IAS #India #InMyOpinion #Mumbai #potholes #roads #Supreme Court

Jul 31, 2013

Why the Telangana struggle won’t end with statehood

The victory should not be measured only by the statehood gained, but by getting the region developed. #Andhra Pradesh #Chenna Reddy #ConnectTheDots #India #K Chandrashekar Rao #Osmania university #Politics #Telangana #TRS

Jul 29, 2013

11 ways to fix Mumbai’s potholes: Is anybody listening?

If faithfully tried, the city may be spared the potholes, and the civic body the blushes. #BMC #JustSaying #Mumbai potholes #The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

Jul 26, 2013

Meals for Rs 12, 5 or 1: What are these Cong politicians smoking?

The swaggering politicians who rule us today are so out of touch with the realities of their country, that they do not even know how much it costs the poor to put food on their plates. #Cheap meals #Congress #Delhi #Farooq Abdullah #HowThisWorks #Manish Tewari #Meals #Poverty #Raj Babbar #Rashid Masood

Jul 24, 2013

Indian MPs have no business to ask US not to give Modi a visa

How come our lawmakers did not think of moving a motion in Parliament seeking the revocation of the passport issued to Modi? #Barack Obama #BJP #CPM #HowThisWorks #Narendra Modi #Rajnath Singh #Sitaram Yechury #US

Jul 21, 2013

Child deaths, unspent funds, dent Bihar good governance claims

The halo Nitish wore is now either dimming or lost. The single reason for the demise of his image is the deaths of the 23 children when he is the state’ steward. Politically, it has come at an inopportune moment but that is his problem. It is hard to brush aside this view. #bIhar #BJP #Chabra #Gujarat #HowThisWorks #JD(U) #Midday meal deaths #midday meals #Narendra Modi #Nitish Kumar #Unspent funds

Jul 19, 2013

Midday meal tragedy: For kids out there, it’s a daily gamble with life

To expect a realistic budget based on actual costs to provide a really nutritious meal, with staff to prepare and deliver, is not asking for the moon. #bIhar #Chhapra #India #Midday meal #MM Pallam Raju #ThatsJustWrong