Mahesh Vijapurkar
Mahesh Vijapurkar
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Politics

BJP-Shiv Sena rift: Has Uddhav Thackeray finally decided to break the saffron alliance in state govt?

According to reports, Uddhav Thackeray "may" take resignation letters from the Shiv Sena ministers in the BJP-headed government in Maharashtra.

India

Mumbai's congested railway network in urgent need of upgradation, but no solutions forthcoming

The railways own spaces around station premises in Mumbai, which could be put to commercial use, and that's where a private player could come in

Politics

Mumbai civic polls: Raj Thackeray knocking Uddhav’s door after Shiv Sena decides to run solo is surprising

It is not Raj Thackeray’s style to go knocking on doors, however, he called up his cousin seven times pleading for a tie-up.

Politics

Mumbai civic polls: Shanghai dream unreal until infrastructure matches up to rising population

Mumbai bats in the high league of the urban places. It has a huge population, although it is constrained when it comes to space. Its civic body has enormous financial resources, larger than several small states.

Politics

Mumbai civic election 2017: Shiv Sena, BJP separation is classic politics of ifs and buts

The declaration by Uddhav Thackeray that there will be no more pre-poll alliances with any party, including the BJP, is by far his biggest decision

Business

From vegetables to stents, has overcharging become part and parcel of Indian business model?

It is common knowledge that a bottle of water in a mall or a theatre or outside the Mumbai airport costs more than the MRP.

India

Modi's degrees are not what got him elected, but concealing them may raise doubts about his integrity

The question should not be whether or not Modi has the educational degrees he claims. It should be whether or not he is a good administrator, and does his ideology fancy voters to show their approval

Politics

Supreme Court terms seeking votes on basis of religion illegal, but this isn't a new format

It is a coincidence that the Supreme Court's split verdict on use of religion in elections to secure votes should come the day two news items were featured in newspapers which related to identifying the voters by a religion.

Politics

BMC polls: Shiv Sena may not agree to Devendra Fadnavis' conditions for alliance

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis laid down two conditions for an alliance with the Shiv Sena for the Mumbai civic elections that will be held in a few months.

Politics

Parliament session: Why Rahul Gandhi wants to speak only in Lok Sabha on Narendra Modi

Is it pure swank, or does Rahul Gandhi have something really juicy with a lot of meat to it?

India

Demonetisation impact: Will the crackdown stop once cash flow eases?

Barring the first few days after the 8 November demonetisation announcement, newspapers, television channels and online portals have been carrying headlines on unaccounted cash almost every single day.

India

In the time of demonetisation, it is the small change that comes to the rescue

The Income Tax Department may not tax, penalise or even frown at much of the hoarded money that is coming out — it is the small change, in coins, of Re 1, Rs 2, 5, and 10.

Mumbai

Renaming CST is lip service, doesn't truly honour Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

How does one honour the great Maratha warrior, Shivaji? There are many ways than merely naming places after him

India

After Jayalalithaa: Is there a plan for a successor to the people's authoritarian?

J Jayalalithaa’s (her name is sometimes spelled Jayalalitha) death leads to two questions

Politics

Maharashtra council polls: BJP win marketed on demonetisation, but statistics are being twisted

It would be so regardless of which party had the majority in the general body and which party nominee was the directly-elected civic elder.

India

Demonetisation is an opportunity to trim wedding expenses, and ensure a social revolution

Now that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set a Rs 2.5 lakh cash withdrawal limit for families with upcoming weddings, could this be an opportunity to make Indian weddings inexpensive and ensure a social revolution?

India

Demonetisation: Centre's refusal to empower EC to clamp down on notebank politics raises eyebrows

In lieu of the demonetisation wave, the Centre’s reluctance to empower the Election Commission to clamp down on black money in politics does raise eyebrows.

India

Maharashtra might reinforce 'two liquor bottles at home' policy; cutback likely to dent revenue

This points to a clear series of flipflops, welcomed in some quarters and frowned at in others, depending on who likes liquor and who doesn’t