Articles by Mahesh Vijapurkar
Apr 04, 2019
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
Mar 29, 2019
BJP's insecurity about winning in Maharashtra allows Shiv Sena to throw around its weight; imperils allianceBJP is being pushed to the brink in one constituency even before the first join campaign rally is held in Mumbai.
Mar 13, 2019
NCP chief Sharad Pawar set to become head of largest political dynasty, his two-from-family rule leaves much to be desiredNCP chief Sharad Pawar has had ample opportunities to avoid the dynastic compulsions every time election tickets were distributed, but he didn’t
Feb 21, 2019
Shiv Sena both insurance and risk for BJP; its actions prove party is a partner that can't be trusted as an allyThe 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.
Oct 08, 2018
Sharad Pawar's nephew Parth contesting Maharashtra polls will complete NCP's transformation into dynastic partyIf 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
Sep 06, 2018
Supreme Court strikes down Section 377: Plaudits must go to Ashok Row Kavi, flag-bearer of India's LGBT movementAshok 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
Aug 14, 2018
Ease of Living Index ranks Navi Mumbai, Greater Mumbai at the top but conclusions of survey are laughableThe 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.
Aug 01, 2018
Maharashtra govt appears ready to grant Maratha reservation, but steps unlikely with matter still sub judiceThe Maratha Kranti Morcha has been staging protests, demanding reservation for the community in jobs and educational institutes in Maharashtra.
Jul 27, 2018
Maratha quota stir: Ignoring procedure to resign highlights political posturing; expect more leaders to followOf 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
Jul 26, 2018
Maratha quota: Devendra Fadnavis has little legroom to oblige community as 2019 elections may prove to be a litmus testThe 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.