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Affidavits on politicians' wealth must be challenged

Affidavits on politicians' wealth must be challenged

The question we must ask is how do politicians get that wealth disclosed in the affidavits, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. For the past decade, after a Public Interest Litigation, the Election Commission requires a mandatory filing of affidavits by all candidates disclosing criminal, financial and educational background prior to the polls by filing an affidavit along with the nomination papers. This has helped bring out the profile of the candidates on crucial issues but it has not been enough. Here ..., 2 weeks ago

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Will 100 smart cities become a reality in India?

Sizes of cities often turn out to be their enemies because everything costs a bomb to build and operate, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. A hundred new cities spoken of in Narendra Modi’s election campaign evolved into as many smart cities in his ‘vision’. This would be Independent India’s biggest ever boost to planned urbanisation. Hitherto, cities have grown from villages to towns to cities and most of them have not been much of cities either. They are crowded, ill-planned ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

Pawar play to keep NCP out of trouble, Sena out of govt

The NCP has seen the largest flow from its ranks to the other parties, more towards the BJP before the elections, even up to the last minute. The Sena and BJP together could, in power, become even bigger magnets. Disillusionment with the NCP leadership has been growing, which may have forced its hand, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. The Nationalist Congress Party’s offer of outside support to Bharatiya Janata Party will now have all conspiracy theorists to say that this was a foretold ...
 Rediff.com1 day ago

Will Maharashtra see the end of the coalition era?

The vituperative campaign against the BJP by the Shiv Sena does not make for an easy post-poll tie-up should either of the two be forced to come together to cobble the numbers. Either must get a clear 145 seats to avoid a forced remarriage to the same political spouse. Any one going with Congress or the NCP only means the platter serves up a goulash, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. A day after the public campaign for Maharashtra assembly polls ended -- the traditional surreptitious money, liquor, gifts ...
 Rediff.com6 days ago

Greed for power behind Maharashtra break-ups

When political parties opt for alliances, it is to win an election, and if post-poll, to come to power by cobbling together the numbers to secure a majority. This has been a striking feature of Indian politics, throwing up such screens as ‘coalition dharma’ to hide all ills, including corruption, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. The break-up of two alliances, the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena on one hand, and Congress-Nationalist Congress Party on the other, and additions of smaller ...
 Rediff.com3 weeks ago

A House of the People? Or Chamber of Princes?

No wonder Parliament has some 130 MPs out of the 545 hailing from political families. This class threaten to make the Lok Sabha, which the People’s House, into a sort of Chamber of Princes which we once had before Independence, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Varied interpretations are flowing about the by-election results of several state assemblies announced on Tuesday. They include a sudden comeback by the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, a strong spark of hope were Congress to work harder as ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

Modi should address teachers not students

Why does Modi want to speak to the students while his audience should be teachers and parents, not necessarily in that order. And September 5 is not Children’s Day but Teachers’ Day, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Call it what you will -- Teachers’ Day, as was the case since the practice it began to mark Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday -- or Guru Utsav, the new usage by the ministry of human resource development, the important thing would be what message Narendra Modi ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

To the BMC, CCTVs are anti-opacity

Given that Mumbai civic body deals with the lives of the people at the cutting edge, the better way would have been to agree to have giant television screens put up outside the civic headquarters to relay the proceedings live so the people are kept in the loop. It eliminates to an extent the distance between the people and their civic keepers but perhaps it is farfetched now, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Why is the opposition in Mumbai’s civic body fuming because two CCTV cameras have been ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

This dahi handi, the law was invisible

When the high court delivered the stringent norms, which in no way eliminated the fun of the proceedings but made it safer, by requiring proper safety measures, there was an undercurrent of defiance. Sensing the adverse implications of loss of a mass contact platform, the government persuaded itself to seek a review, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. This year’s Dahi handi had every feature on display which is seen every year: tall human pyramids, din beyond the allowed 65 decibels, paid-for ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

Why this hullabaloo about English in the UPSC test?

What we need to do straightaway is to get our act together and educate children better than merely award degrees. Since English cannot be thrown away, it would be better to learn it well. The crux lies there. Lowering standards of UPSC tests is no use, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Three-four years ago, a person with an MA in English from Nanded met the principal of a Mumbai suburban college seeking employment as a lecturer in that subject. When the principal tried to keep to keep the conversation in ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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