articles by Vishwas Waghmode

India

Firstpost Ground Report: A Latur village cobbles together money to rebuild its crumbling irrigation system

The 2,500 villagers who live in this village mounted a collective effort to resurrect water storage and irrigation mechanisms in the region on their own might, borrowing ideas from a local Art of Living centre, and appealing to a newspaper group to fund the project.

Mumbai

Firstpost Ground Report: A region obsessed with sugarcane is schooled in water conservation, and switching crop patterns

The troubles of Mangrul’s farmers have almost entirely to do with sugarcane. The crop has sucked their rapidly-depleting water table dry and mired them in debt.

India

Firstpost Ground Report: How a Marathwada village fought its way out of crippling drought

This is the second part of a series of Firstpost Ground Reports on the drought in Marathwada

India

Firstpost Ground Report: Fadnavis’ bold gambit to tackle drought in Maharashtra is working

A complicated mixture of reasons contributed to the farmer suicides this year; of these, crop failure owing to drought accounted for close to 63 percent of the fatalities, according to a survey conducted by the state government.

Politics

Report card on Fadnavis govt: Some hits, some misses in eventful one year

A year on, here's a listing of the big hits and misses of the Fadnavis government.

Politics

The big takeaway from Uddhav's Dussehra speech: Sena perceives BJP as huge political threat

Here are the big takeaways from Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's Dussehra rally address at Shivaji Park on Thursday.

Politics

Uddhav growls at BJP at Dusshera rally, says 'we are still tigers, you have become lambs'

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

Politics

Shiv Sena's Dussehra rally: Uddhav likely to break silence over party's strained ties with BJP

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is expected to break his silence on his party's turbulent relationship with coalition partner BJP at Dussehra rally.

Politics

Here's why Shiv Sena won't be splitting from the BJP any time soon

While speculation was rife that the Sena might pull out of the government and ask its ministers to quit, the party has now decided to wait for some time.

Mumbai

Writers from Maharashtra join Sahitya Akademi award returners to protest rising intolerance

Even as many Sahitya Akademi writers continues to return their awards, the writers from Maharashtra have now joined them.

India

Now, Shiv Sena threatens to disrupt former Pak foreign minister's book launch event

The book, titled 'Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy' is written by Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, the foreign minister of Pakistan during General Pervez Musharraf 's rule.

Politics

After slamming meat ban Shiv Sena tries to make up with Jain community

A month after attacking the Jain community over the ban on meat sale during paryushan, Shiv Sena has tried to build bridges with the community on Thursday as Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray inaugurated a sports event organised by Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO).

Mumbai

Shiv Sena strikes again: Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali's concert cancelled after party threatens to disrupt show

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded cancellation of the proposed live concert of Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali in Mumbai on 9 October.

Mumbai

'We pray all the accused should get death penalty': Victims of 7/11 train blasts on the verdict

Firstpost spoke with some of those directly affected by the blasts and here's what they had to say.

Mumbai

Night life, Sheena Bora case, LaMo: Factors that cost Rakesh Maria the Mumbai top cop's post

Rakesh Maria has been replaced as Mumbai Police commissioner by senior IPS officer Javed Ahmed, who took charge on Tuesday.

Politics

Insider job? Vinod Tawde's fake degree row could be due to his rising political clout

Despite the controversy over his fake degree row, the Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde’s ministerial flight is not likely to crash immediately but it will face the rough weather for next couple of months.

Mumbai

Mumbai rains: Congress, NCP, BJP corner Sena as BMC fails to save city

While the city was reeling under the heavy downpour and came to the standstill, the politics was at its peak on Friday as political parties including the Congress, NCP, and BJP corned the Shiv Sena over the BMC’s failure to keep the city flood free.

Mumbai

Mumbai Rains: Why Rs 2000 cr was not enough to stop the city from shutting down

Just two days after they were inaugurated amid much hype, the two new pumping stations in Mumbai have failed to serve the purpose they were intended to.

Politics

Plant trees sacred to Hindu culture in Mumbai please: Shiv Sena's latest demand

In a bizarre move, the Shiv Sena has demanded that the city's civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plant trees that are holy and sacred to the Hindu culture across the city.

Mumbai

Mumbai crawls thanks to one-day taxi, auto strike; but there's going to be a repeat on Wednesday

The strike of taxis and autorickshaws was a result of a protest organised by Congress MLA Nitesh Rane-led Swabhiman Union to voice its protest against cab aggregators like Uber and Ola.