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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.

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

Jul 15, 2013

Nostalgia: Telegraph is past, are typewriters on extinction path too?

Russia has decided to bring typewriters back into use to stop govt secrets from floating around in cyberspace. #India #JustSaying #Russia #Telegram #Typewriter

Jul 13, 2013

Potholes as death traps: Why should the civic body go scot-free?

Imagine what could happen to the civic bodies which do not deliver quality if the law of torts were put to use for seeking and securing damages, even for a broken fork of a bike. #Jaideep Karveer #Mumbai #Pothole #ThatsJustWrong #Umesh Shinde

Jul 12, 2013

Double deckers in Thane? Here’s why it isn’t a good idea

Two municipal bodies outside Mumbai want double decker buses but it may not be such a good idea. Here's why. #BEST #Bhiwandi #Buses #double decker buses #InMyOpinion #midi buses #Mumbai #Thane

Jul 8, 2013

From veggie shops to expressways: When will netas serve the people?

Apparently, the elections have lost their meaning and have become huge farces. Everyone involved – politicians and the voters – have come to terms with each other in the belief that this is how it is going to be, having been so for quite a while. #Democracy #Eastern Freeway #HowThisWorks #Maharashtra #Politicians #Politics #Thane #Vegetable shops #Vote
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