Will the state forgo its lucrative excise collections in a bid to curb sales of liquor in the festive season, asks Mahesh Vijapurkar. Can this New Year eve be a dry day in Maharashtra? Possibly yes, if the department of social justice’s current campaign to de-addict people has any muscle and teeth. Starting from mid-December, it has launched the programme whose conclusion coincides with the New Year eve when those who like a tipple, raise a toast. It also ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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Though launched in 1996, the slum replacement scheme has more or less bombed. Builders have not found the slum spaces attractive enough to build, harvest extra FSI for sale in open market thereby subsidising the rehabilitation, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. How far would the extension of the slum cut-off date to January 1, 2000 from January 1, 1995 take Mumbai towards a slum-free status? Probably not much, not even as far as you can throw an elephant with your left arm. There are three reasons why.Rediff.com, 5 days ago
Mumbai : The long drawn tussle between former chief minister and Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has culminated in the former being omitted in the first list of the party's Lok Sabha nominees. In the ...The Freepress Journal, 1 week ago
It is quite likely that the Parliament itself could now attract people’s scorn. That would be terrible, and not the people but the politicians would be responsible, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. When did we last hear a good speech in Parliament, even if not of the same distinguished content and resonance as Jawaharlal Nehru’s Tryst with Destiny speech? Or, when did we hear a speech that stirred the country in the past two decades except perhaps A B Vajpayee’s when he quit after 13 ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Perhaps Arvind Kejriwal got it right when he described the party as Shivji ki baraat. In other words, without the pejorative sense associated with it, a ragtag. New, and new to the business of government, it is faltering, notes Mahesh Vijapurkar. We don’t know the Aam Aadmi Party’s fate yet. Notwithstanding the extreme viewpoints aired for or against it on the social media, pumped up by its rivals, several possibilities exist. It could, and this I admit is a bit far-fetched, sweep ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
A party of newbies which had anger as fuel and hope in its own capability to work wonders suddenly finds itself not only in government but put on fast forward by everyone. These are heavy burdens for a fledgeling party, to perform under a microscope. Transparency is what they promised, and they are in a glass house now, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Yogendra Yadav has been speaking of four television cameras that followed Somnath Bharati that infamous night when he was raiding the African ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Dismissing Kejriwal as an anarchist and trying to corner him on that score is unfair because the AAP is unlike any other party we have so far seen. It takes its strength directly from the people not just by way of votes but being participatory in its decisions, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. When a crowd, however well-meaning, becomes a party, there are bound to be wrinkles, or even problems. The Aam Aadmi Party is encountering that in an in-your-face manner, two of them being Somnath Bharati and ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
It is not yet clear how many Lok Sabha constituencies would see Aam Aadmi Party’s candidates in the fray. If those seats are fought and won the way the 28 assembly seats were in Delhi, it can end the usual excuse for corruption: high election costs, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Amid the euphoria of an outlier forming a government in Delhi, it trimming the trappings of power and all that, the country may be losing sight of a very important message. It is that elections can be fought and won ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Now that the AAP has turned from an anti-corruption movement to a political party running a government in New Delhi, it may find that the media is no more a collaborator, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. The media can be a friend or a foe, or if not much of the latter, can at least be a severe critic. The Aam Aadmi Party which came from nowhere as it were and formed a government in Delhi, probably discovered that the old relationship had changed. It had to impose, and then revoke, a ban on media entry ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The AAP will face the more determined BJP at the next round in Delhi. Sure it would have to counter a Modi-led campaign but hasn’t it already weathered that? In the re-poll, AAP would not need to bother much about the decimated Congress, down on both moral and image. All it needs to do is stay the ground till then, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. A joke doing the rounds now catches the essence of the political situation in Delhi. Sheila Dikshit, sullen after the defeat, agrees to be humoured and ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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