When the Siddhartha Vihar Hostel in Wadala was brought down, floor by floor, in early February by the BMC, a piece of Mumbai’s history associated with Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was obliterated.
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If Mumbai is completely locked down, it will resemble a ghost town not unlike Wuhan from where photographs and videos were shared in late January.
Whether a city manages to ride out an epidemic with minimum loss depends partly on its good fortunes, partly on its administrators who manage information and health networks, and partly on its citizens
In Delhi, policemen were either mute spectators or predators as mobs wreaked havoc and violence on innocent citizens.
A city is never the same after a communal riot or pogrom; it does not completely heal, it does not go back to being quite the tapestry it used to be
The city police attempted this with Mumbai Bagh too in a way citing traffic impediments and bringing pressure to bear on the women sitting-in, slapping notices and FIRs on them and volunteers, profiling protesters and visitors.
The AAP did not take on the BJP ideologically; Kejriwal did not substantively disagree on Shaheen Bagh protests or CAA-NRC.
Pavements do not get prioritised in the BMC’s tasks lists perhaps because its movers-and-shakers do not use them
The Shiv Bhojan is as basic a meal as can be — a serving of chapatis, a vegetable, some rice and dal for Rs10 per thali or lunch-plate
Mumbai, at its heart, is a commercial city; its rhythms do not cease at night and never will.
The sensitivity that the force showed towards protestors needs to be extended towards women and children too
Silence speaks volumes, silence is political too.
It’s a year that carries hope and aspirations of millions – hope for a gentler and more just future, aspiration to be any kind of an Indian that one wishes to be with freedom and joy.
The urban space turned into a site of spontaneous and electrifying protests against governments.
The purpose of CAA-NRC is ostensibly to weed out illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries but implicitly threatens Indian Muslims as well as all Indians who do not possess documents of their ancestry here.
Despite anecdotal signals of women breaching barriers and breaking ceilings in several domains, the bias exists.
Three trends among many in the electoral basket stand out because their significances go well beyond this election.
The shenanigans are confusing, but there are some takeaways.
The question is if Sonia Gandhi can trust Pawar enough to not throw the Congress under the bus in the months ahead if this government becomes a reality
In the new-normal Mumbai, religion has come to play a greater part than it did in civic and personal matters
The city’s geography and future is being threatened by rising sea levels as an outcome of global warming
The BJP-Sena divided the state’s 288 constituencies between themselves, went to voters with their record of the last five years, and asked to be re-elected.
Mumbai did not acquit itself with honour this Assembly election; south Mumbai even less so. The average voter turnout in the city this Monday was a dull 50.5% – about 10.6% lower than Maharashtra’s average and about 1.5% lower than the city’s turnout five years ago.
When the dissonance was pointed out by sections of the media, when the link between Article 370 and Assembly election was questioned, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “doob maro”.
Civil society can and does stand up for causes, even in a city like Mumbai with the crushing demands it makes on people’s time and energy. Aarey is a good example of how citizens found common cause and rallied around together.
Gandhi, the man, must have been fascinating. Gandhi, the idea, even more so.
The gradual disintegration of opposition parties has meant that the contrarian or challenger voice does not get reflected in the Assembly
What else is Bambaiyya Hindi if not a unique, grammar-free, syntax-free and reference-free mix of Marathi, Gujarati, even Urdu mixed with Hindi? It is voiced by Bollywood characters on the screen but the dialect – it is that, a dialect – is heard zillions of times more on the streets of Mumbai.
This column rarely repeats an issue in successive weeks, but Aarey is too precious to lose even an inch of.
The Tree Authority meeting, which saw a split of eight to six in favour of the proposal, seems to have had its share of slyness, politics and confusion
Citizens, however well-intentioned and resourceful, must not plug the gaps in a way that allows the BMC to get away easily