Mahesh Vijapurkar
Mahesh Vijapurkar
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articles by Mahesh Vijapurkar

India

Mumbai rains and water-logging: Can civic bodies alone be blamed for choked drains?

The municipal administration in Mumbai has been hamstrung because, for the second year in a row, contractors have not bid for the work.

Politics

Priyanka Chaturvedi quits Congress because of 'lumpen goons', joins Shiv Sena: Can any party claim not to include such elements?

Priyanka Chaturvedi, the now-former Congress spokesperson quit the party because it preferred "lumpen" and "goons", and she had been compelled to part ways because party workers who misbehaved with her had their suspension over the incident revoked

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BJP drops Kirit Somaiya for LS polls: Was two-time MP axed to appease Shiv Sena, boost overall NDA tally?

Kirit Somaiya may have expected to be nominated by the BJP at the very last moment for re-election from his Mumbai North East seat and kept his counsel, which is very unlike him

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BJP's insecurity about winning in Maharashtra allows Shiv Sena to throw around its weight; imperils alliance

BJP is being pushed to the brink in one constituency even before the first join campaign rally is held in Mumbai.

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar set to become head of largest political dynasty, his two-from-family rule leaves much to be desired

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has had ample opportunities to avoid the dynastic compulsions every time election tickets were distributed, but he didn’t

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Shiv Sena both insurance and risk for BJP; its actions prove party is a partner that can't be trusted as an ally

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance highlights two significant developments: The BJP's nervousness and the Shiv Sena's ability to arm twist the "world's biggest political party" into submission.

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Sharad Pawar's nephew Parth contesting Maharashtra polls will complete NCP's transformation into dynastic party

If what Sharad Pawar reportedly said about his grandnephew, Parth Pawar contesting the forthcoming Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections, it could — just could — be a game changer in Maharashtra politics

India

Supreme Court strikes down Section 377: Plaudits must go to Ashok Row Kavi, flag-bearer of India's LGBT movement

Ashok is perhaps the first Indian homosexual to step out of the closet even though he had confessed to it, and had sought comfort to mentally come to terms with it with a spell in a monastery

India

Ease of Living Index ranks Navi Mumbai, Greater Mumbai at the top but conclusions of survey are laughable

The measure applied to judge Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Thane to rank them for 'ease of living' is something akin to it. And on all parameters, the conclusions are laughable. The activists and NGOs which have been fighting to make Mumbai liveable have been correct – not the index.

India

Maharashtra govt appears ready to grant Maratha reservation, but steps unlikely with matter still sub judice

The Maratha Kranti Morcha has been staging protests, demanding reservation for the community in jobs and educational institutes in Maharashtra.

Politics

Maratha quota stir: Ignoring procedure to resign highlights political posturing; expect more leaders to follow

Of the seven Maratha leaders who announced their resignation in order to show their solidarity with the Maratha quota stir, only Shiv Sena leader Harshvardhan Jadhav seems to have followed the procedures, but even that will come into effect only after being notified by the presiding officer in the House Bulletin and the Election Commission is informed

Politics

Maratha quota: Devendra Fadnavis has little legroom to oblige community as 2019 elections may prove to be a litmus test

The Maharashtra chief minister wouldn’t have much autonomy because Maharashtra is a dicey state in so far as the 2019 Lok Sabha and then the Assembly elections are concerned because anything done or not done has to fit the matrix that Amit Shah is developing.

India

No-confidence motion: Shiv Sena dancing the foxtrot with BJP by clinging onto its share in central, Maharashtra govts

The Shiv Sena has been throwing mixed signals about its stand on the BJP and appears to be confused about its political alliance.

India

To win war on plastic menace, Maharashtra needs to show resolve and not dole out concessions

Despite the plastic ban, the Maharashtra government has decided to allow the use of PET bottles, but with caveats.

India

Maharashtra plastic ban: A peek into the past reveals that plastic did not always rule people's lives

Sixty years ago, usage of plastic for everyday tasks was not as common as it is now. This would seem unreal now, as people term the ban an inconvenience.

Politics

Shiv Sena seeks to contest 152 seats in Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray appears to have sensed BJP's need for allies

The Shiv Sena seeks through a prior contract in Maharashtra what HD Kumaraswamy secured through post-poll circumstances in Karnataka.

India

Maharashtra Assembly amends Slum Areas Act: Bill dilutes redevelopment plan, smacks of discrimination

While there is an urgent need to improve living conditions in slums and assist its dwellers with rebates under PMAY, the new Act smacks of discrimination.

India

Behind Ghatkopar building collapse lies Maharashtra govt's culture of illegality and cronyism

It is being said that the Ghatkopar building, Sai Darshan, "collapsed" but when you wade through the finer points the cause, it should be categorised as the wilful pulling down of the building.

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Indira Gandhi vs Sharad Pawar debate rages in Maharashtra, as parties display their insecurity

Who contributed more to parliamentary life — Indira Gandhi or Sharad Pawar? The Congress and NCP respectively are both adamant that their leaders would top the list, and are both unwilling to cede any ground in this regard

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India has to go miles to give women their place in politics; 9% representation narrates a sad tale

It is silly to pride ourselves on the fact that India once had a woman president or a speaker, and that yesterday, the lady who had occupied the speaker’s chair was a candidate to be the country’s president.