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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 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

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