Articles by Mahesh Vijapurkar
Feb 22, 2016
Lathicharge at BHU: Just one more incident in a long line that has inured us to police brutalityPolice's lathicharge on demonstrating students at BHU was similar to the way in which washermen thrash a garment on a flat stone in the dhobi ghats.
Feb 20, 2016
TV is sick, TV is dying: Why it is important to watch Ravish Kumar's blacked out showLast night NDTV India, anchored by Ravish Kumar, turned the visuals off and had Devanagari words flashing words to underline what the anchor was saying.
Feb 17, 2016
CM Fadnavis' MMR plan is a new idea: But by when will we actually see it implemented?Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has now spoken of making the larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) an ‘Economic Capital Region” without indicating fully what he meant by it. It would have been better if he had, because the old aspiration of Mumbai — a part of the MMR — to be a Hong Kong, a Singapore, a Shanghai, or even a financial centre has not been realised
Jan 23, 2016
Watch: Redevelopment will be hard blow for Dharavi where enterprise has flourished despite state's neglectDharavi's redevelopment plan is designed to meet the requirements of the builders and developers rather than that of slum dwellers who, by law, are entitled to replacement housing.
Jan 16, 2016
What do music colleges produce? Artistes or good listeners?Colleges do not deal with the critical aspect of learning music — how to do riyaz, which is practicing at length on a daily basis to perfect and retain perfection in singing or playing instruments.
Dec 16, 2015
Will Amaravati's futuristic model set a benchmark for Indian cities to cut pollution and traffic jams?The smaller cities are where the potential problems, which may emerge in all their intensities within a couple of decades, are being entirely ignored.
Nov 25, 2015
With Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, Lalu has strengthened his dynasty in BiharIn the euphoric press conference soon after BJP was trounced in Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav said “it was neither JD(U) government nor RJD government. It is a 'Mahagatbandhan sarkar'. Soon after the cabinet was sworn on Friday, there is room for some ambiguity, for it could be a Nitish Kumar Government with Lalu Yadav, via his two sons, trying to wrest at least half control, if not more, of the arrangement.
Nov 19, 2015
In Mumbai, first citizen faces eviction as Shiv Sena refuses to compromise on Thackeray memorialThe Sena needed the BJP to have its man in the neighbouring city’s mayoral chair, much like the BJP needed the Sena to have a stable government, even if it was a troubled government.
Oct 13, 2015
Uddhav's tantrum on Ambedkar memorial: Sena played into BJP's handsSena actually played into the BJP hands, conferring full credit to it for a project, which has been in the air for quite some time, hanging fire as it were because of acquiring the Indu Mills land, and deciding on what shape the memorial should take. By screaming that a government event was turned into a BJP event, the opposition has strengthened the perception. Politics is all about perceptions.
Oct 06, 2015
Building toilets across nation is fine, but who'll check on how good they are?Given the toilet construction spree the relevant question is: what about toilet training to ensure they’re used properly?