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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......

Changing the government culture of shabbiness

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered a clean-up of all central government offices. Mahesh Vijapurkar laments the pervading culture of shabbiness in government offices around the country.  ......

'I was there, 45 years ago, when the Telangana agitation started'

Mahesh Vijapurkar was a student in Hyderabad when the Telangana agitation began, with Osmania University as its epicentre. With the new state finally becoming a reality, he looks back on the lost......

Post the 26/11 attacks, have we learnt nothing?

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 humiliation and downfall of Manohar Joshi

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......

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......

Ho-hum, so the Lok Sabha discussed black money, what's new?

Can a corrupt revenue system be trusted to keep confidences when oodles of money are involved, asks Mahesh Vijapurkar The other day, when Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani moved an......

Road projects, flyovers: A major scandal?

Mahesh Vijapurkar smells a scandal in the BOT model for road projects.I am beginning to suspect that construction of road and related infrastructure like flyovers and bridges in out country could......

Bullet trains? First change the stinky coaches and stations

Amid all the changes that Railways has undergone over the decades, one thing has been constant - untidy stations and malodourous trains, says  Mahesh Vijapurkar.There are four categories of......

The unresolved whodunits of urban real estate

The real estate business thrives on creating excess spaces beyond the permitted building codes, short-changing the buyer, and even opting for poorer quality of material. This finds an enthusiastic......

Say no to the Games, else the guilty will escape!

Mahesh Vijapurkar urges sports persons to stand up and show contempt for the poor standards that appearthe benchmark of the Commonwealth Games.Much has been said on the Commonwealth Games (CWG),......
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Shiv Sena no longer holds the trump card

The Bharatiya Janata Party prefers to simply overlook the Shiv Sena's swipe and this has sent the latter into a sulk. Sanjay Jog reports.   The... ...

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