The senior-most leader of the Shiv Sena brought it upon himself during the party’s Dussehra rally, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Manohar Joshi, easily the most articulate, senior-most leader after Bal Thackeray, the Shiv Sena’s founder, had reached positions which perhaps never believed to be in the realm of the possible, leave alone even reach -- the speaker of Lok Sabha. That he had reached there, on the ticket of a party which is not necessarily a believer in constitutionalism, is ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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These chat show performers contribute to the noise, not clarity, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Aren’t you tired, as an ordinary citizen who comes home and switches on the television and finds no news but views? And the views of people not necessarily in the know, but who can possibly intelligently guess, attempt a coherent construct? That, however, is hardly a substitute for news: as accurate an account as can be gotten, told calmly. You see breathless hyperventilation, a crowd of panellists ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
We continue to be what we were before 26/11-- sitting ducks, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. How wonderful it would have been had the fifth anniversary of the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai -- the CST, The Taj, the Trident, the Jewish guesthouse, and Leopard -- if we had been able to enjoy the comfort of knowing that there can no more be such events again? But that, it is patent, is wishful, even absurd. Whatever the television and newspapers threw at us was scary. They told us that every planned and ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks 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 days ago
In the one year since his father, Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray's death, Uddhav may not have done much, but the coming months will show if it was time wasted or spent in useful strategy-making, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. It is normal media practice to analyse and judge a person and the organisation he leads at the end of a year, especially the first year. In the Shiv Sena’s case, it turns out to be the absence of a person from the scene for an entire year, and the performance of the heir ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
By calling the Congress demand for covering lotus ponds absurd, ridiculous, the EC has done well. After all, even despite occasional lapses, there are wise men around, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. The Central Election Commission has rightly dismissed the demand that lotus ponds in Madhya Pradesh be covered during the electioneering now underway for the state assembly as being absurd, even “an insult to the intelligence of the voter”. The Times of India quoted an EC official saying, "The ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
By Dhamini Ratnam & Ankit AjmeraDhamini Ratnam & Ankit Ajmera, Mumbai Mirror | Oct 12, 2013, 11.43 PM IST Share on Linkedin ApnaCircle AReduce font size AIncrease font size AReduce font size AIncrease font size URL copied to ...Mumbai Mirror, 2 months ago
Yasin Bhatkal is a prized catch, no doubt. What he tells is going to shape the understanding of how the Indian Mujahideen operated, and how far and well its network was spread. But, perhaps the cat was let out of the bag too soon, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Is it possible that if the law enforcers, including and especially the Intelligence Bureau had gone about the probe into terror activities more quietly after Yasin Bhatkal was gotten hold of, the net would have caught more fish than mere ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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