articles by Vishwas Waghmode

India

Firstpost Ground Report: The story of a village in Beed that beat water scarcity by restoring a river

When Vijay Bhatane and his team of district administration functionaries visited Injegaon village in Beed district in February this year, this obscure hamlet still bore the wounds caused by extreme weather.

Politics

We are still tigers, you have become lambs: Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray slams BJP

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday struck an uncharacteristically aggressive posture against the BJP, his party's coalition partner in Maharashtra.

Mumbai

Dance bars will lead to exploitation of women, trafficking: Former Mumbai cop Vasant Dhoble

Vasant Dhoble is not happy with the Supreme Court’s stay on the 2014 amendment to the Maharashtra Police Act banning dance performance in bars.

Politics

Public space for discourse has become totally hateful, odious: Pradnya Daya Pawar

In an interview with Firstpost, Pradnya Daya Pawar speaks on the reasons behind her move, on the threat to writers and artiste from fringe elements and the questions being raised on the writers’ honesty for their act

Politics

Uddhav Thackeray feels slighted at late invite for Modi functions; skips events

The decision of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to boycott Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bhoomipujan functions for the Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial at Indu Mills and two metro lines in the city today has once again brought to the fore the simmering tension between two coalition partners in the state government. Thackeray left for a tour of the Marathwada region on a day the prime minister is in the city. On Saturday, the Sena had issued a whip asking its leaders not attend Modi’s programmes.

Mumbai

No beef, mutton in Mumbai for four days: City's civic body imposes ban due to Jain fast

Following demands made by BJP legislators and Jain organisations, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned meat in Mumbai for four days during the Jain fasting season of Paryushan.

India

Death penalty deters criminals: Ujjwal Nikam strongly opposes abolishing capital punishment

While the Law Commission’s draft report recommends abolishing the death penalty and keeping it only for terror cases, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, said that the death penalty must be retained.

Politics

Politics and protests over Maharashtra giving historian Babasaheb Purandare state's highest prize

The state government’s decision has not gone down well with some sections of the Maratha community, the politically dominant community in the state.

Politics

'Frustrated' Raj Purohit hits out at PM Modi, Amit Shah: In sting video, BJP MLA slams authoritarian attitude of party leaders

After a video from a sting operation surfaced, where Raj Purohit, a BJP MLA from Colaba, allegedly leveled several allegations on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Maharashtra BJP unit has issued a show cause notice seeking explanation from Purohit over his controversial remarks.

Politics

Is family feud between Pankaja and Dhananjay Munde behind Maharshtra's chikki scam?

While Pankaja said that she is ready for any probe, Fadnavis defended her saying that there was ‘no prima facie evidence’ of any wrongdoing.

Mumbai

Raje, Swaraj and a note: Three reasons Mumbai top cop Rakesh Maria's position is safe

Despite the controversy over his meeting with Lalit Modi in London, it is unlikely Mumbai Police commissioner Rakesh Maria may be transferred.

Mumbai

Mumbai hooch deaths: Police, govt, excise dept learnt nothing from a similar tragedy in 2004

Eleven years after a hooch tragedy took the lives of 107 people in Mumbai, the police and excise department seem to have not learnt a thing.

Politics

Once a vegetable vendor who now owns an empire: How the Chhagan Bhujbal story unfolded

The former Maharashtra deputy chief minister and NCP leader is now facing investigation by the state's Anti-Corruption Bureau for disproportionate assets.

Politics

ACB raids on NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal: Is he just a fall guy for Ajit Pawar?

Political analysts believe that Bhujbal has been targeted by the BJP-led government for various political reasons

India

Delhi Police won't file FIR against Sena MP accused of force feeding Muslim canteen staff during Ramzan

Almost a year after a Shiv Sena MP sparked controversy by force feeding a Muslim canteen supervisor at the Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi, the Delhi Police has not yet registered an FIR in the case.

Mumbai

Was driving under influence of whisky on wrong side of the road: Jahnavi Gadkar

Here is an excerpt from Gadkar’s statement recorded by police:

Politics

No govt aid in sight, Vidarbha's farmers floored by Rahul's sanvad yatra

Farmers in the Amravati district of Vidarbha region today told Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi that they have not received adequate government help and demanded minimum price for their crops.

Mumbai

No leads in Dabholkar, Pansare, Satish Shetty murders: Kin blame state of being complacent

Two months after the death of veteran CPI leader Govind Pansare, kin of the social activists killed in Maharashtra have accused the state government for being complacent in investigation lacking political will to nab the killers since there has not been much progress in the cases.

Entertainment

Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Court to announce verdict on 6 May

In the 2002 hit-and-run case involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan, a Mumbai session court on Tuesday said that it will pronounce the judgement on May 6.