Yogesh Joshi

Yogesh Joshi is Assistant Editor at Hindustan Times. He covers politics, security, development and human rights from Western Maharashtra.

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Monday Musings: How flawed civic planning fails to ease traffic issues

The recently inaugurated flyover at Nal Stop on Karve road is a classic example of how flawed planning, coupled with a lack of foresight, can complicate the problem
Traffic on Nal Stop flyover at Karve road. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Traffic on Nal Stop flyover at Karve road. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 09, 2022 04:07 PM IST
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Monday Musings: “When there’s no will, there are only meetings and debates”

The concerns expressed by environmentalists can be legitimate and addressed, but delaying infrastructure projects is actually not good for the city in the long term. For this, what is required is a will, which is missing
The riverfront development project costs about <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,619 crores and covers about 44 km of the Mula-Mutha river stretch passing through Pune. It aims to beautify the riverfront and make the river accessible for residents for recreational purposes, which is now limited to a few. The project requires about 768 hectares. (HT FILE PHOTO)
The riverfront development project costs about 2,619 crores and covers about 44 km of the Mula-Mutha river stretch passing through Pune. It aims to beautify the riverfront and make the river accessible for residents for recreational purposes, which is now limited to a few. The project requires about 768 hectares. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 04:07 PM IST
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Kolhapur bypolls: BJP’s vote share increases, but loss a setback for state unit chief

PUNE The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee Satyajit Kadam managed to get almost double the votes from around 40,000 in 2014 to 78,000 this time at north Kolhapur assembly bypolls
MVA members are seen celebrating, after winning Kolhapur bypollss, at Congress Bhavan on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
MVA members are seen celebrating, after winning Kolhapur bypollss, at Congress Bhavan on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 08:31 PM IST
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Monday Musings:Politics of citizens and why corrupt politicians win

On one hand common man cribs about misgovernance and corruption that deface our cities, on the other hand, many of us want corrupt politicians to win elections
For years, Pune’s footpaths and cycle tracks are increasingly being overtaken by shops, hawkers and others leaving little space to walk. Illegal hawkers occupy a footpath at Mandai. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
For years, Pune’s footpaths and cycle tracks are increasingly being overtaken by shops, hawkers and others leaving little space to walk. Illegal hawkers occupy a footpath at Mandai. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 04, 2022 04:38 PM IST
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Monday Musings: A common thread that links the trio

Politicians can learn based on what senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said - “Never allow in-laws to mingle with your work.” Gadkari said this in a jovial mood during his visit to Sangli last week
CM Uddhav Thackeray is facing a political onslaught from his opponents after his brother-in-law’s name came up during ED’s investigation. (left) Former CM Manohar Joshi had to step down from his post for favouring his son-in-law in the Sun Dew apartments scam. (HT PHOTO)
CM Uddhav Thackeray is facing a political onslaught from his opponents after his brother-in-law’s name came up during ED’s investigation. (left) Former CM Manohar Joshi had to step down from his post for favouring his son-in-law in the Sun Dew apartments scam. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 04:50 PM IST
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Monday Musings: AIMIM’s offer that nobody wants to accept

The answer lies in the AIMIM’s perception and its inability to emerge as a broad-based party cutting across religious and caste lines
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray along with NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) partners – Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party, and Congress – to whom the offer was made, were also not to accept it. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray along with NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) partners – Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party, and Congress – to whom the offer was made, were also not to accept it. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 22, 2022 03:08 AM IST
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Monday Musings: Pune Metro can change our lives and the way we commute

With work reaching advanced stage on the Swargate-Chinchwad and Vanaz-Ramwadi corridors, and recently started on the third line – Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar, Metro has already changed Pune’s skyline. Metro and its pillars have become landmarks
Puneites, who always loved the independence of a personal vehicle, should now adapt to the Metro rail culture. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Puneites, who always loved the independence of a personal vehicle, should now adapt to the Metro rail culture. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 07, 2022 04:18 PM IST
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Inauguration of Metro shows projects can be completed on time: PM

Addressing a public meeting at MIT college ground in Pune, PM said Metro launch gives the message that completion of projects can be done on time
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at MIT college event, on Sunday. PM said Metro launch gives the message that completion of projects can be done on time. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at MIT college event, on Sunday. PM said Metro launch gives the message that completion of projects can be done on time. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT)
Published on Mar 07, 2022 01:06 AM IST
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Monday Musings: How much shifting of power centre from Nagpur has helped Pune?

PUNE In 2014, the emergence of Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister of Maharashtra shifted the state’s power centre from western Maharashtra where the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) enjoys its clouts, to Nagpur, the headquarter of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and home town of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heavyweights
With Uddhav Thackeray at the helm and son Aaditya as a cabinet minister, both are trying to push key projects in Mumbai especially when civic polls are just around the corner. (HT FILE PHOTO)
With Uddhav Thackeray at the helm and son Aaditya as a cabinet minister, both are trying to push key projects in Mumbai especially when civic polls are just around the corner. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 28, 2022 04:10 PM IST
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Amid Uddhav Thackeray’s reduced public presence, Aaditya tours Maha aggressively

Aaditya’s extensive touring of the state comes in stark contrast to the reduced presence of his father and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is recovering from cervical spine surgery
Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray during his unscheduled visit at Rankala lake in Kolhapur where he was on a two-day tour during February 20 and February 21. Aaditya’s extensive touring of the state comes in stark contrast to the reduced presence of his father and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is recovering from cervical spine surgery. (HT)
Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray during his unscheduled visit at Rankala lake in Kolhapur where he was on a two-day tour during February 20 and February 21. Aaditya’s extensive touring of the state comes in stark contrast to the reduced presence of his father and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is recovering from cervical spine surgery. (HT)
Updated on Feb 21, 2022 11:46 PM IST
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Monday Musings: Story of merged villages is high on taxes, low on development

With delimitation exercise, the merged villages will have better representation in PMC. In such a scenario, the upcoming civic elections, mostly likely to be held in April this year, offer these merged villages their last hope
Poor road condition in Susgaon area, one of the merged villages within the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits. (HT PHOTO)
Poor road condition in Susgaon area, one of the merged villages within the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 21, 2022 03:32 PM IST
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Covid third wave wanes slower than rise in cases in Pune district

PUNE At the beginning of the third wave, daily Covid cases in Pune climbed up fast and reached peak within 25 days, a rise that had sent alarm bells among administration
At the beginning of the third wave, daily Covid cases in Pune climbed up fast and reached peak within 25 days, a rise that had sent alarm bells among administration (HT FILE PHOTO)
At the beginning of the third wave, daily Covid cases in Pune climbed up fast and reached peak within 25 days, a rise that had sent alarm bells among administration (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 11:51 PM IST
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ByYogesh Joshi and Manasi Deshpande

Monday Musings:Salim Ali Bird Park is finally being revived

The civic apathy led to anti-social elements entering into it leading to cutting and burning of trees, and vandalism
The 22-acre Salim Ali Bird Park, located on the banks of the Mula-Mutha river at Yerawada, was once frequented by various species of birds such as ruddy shelduck, red wattled lapwings and black headed ibis (HT FILE PHOTO)
The 22-acre Salim Ali Bird Park, located on the banks of the Mula-Mutha river at Yerawada, was once frequented by various species of birds such as ruddy shelduck, red wattled lapwings and black headed ibis (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 14, 2022 04:06 PM IST
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Rahul Bajaj changed the face of industrial town of Pimpri-Chinchwad

Pune: It was hiatus for almost a decade when Bajaj Auto Ltd in 2020 decided to restart production at its plant at Akurdi near Pune by manufacturing electric vehicles
Sunaina, daughter of Rahul Bajaj, industrialist and former chairman of Bajaj Group, outside Ruby Hall Clinic, on Saturday. (Rahul Raut/HT Photo)
Sunaina, daughter of Rahul Bajaj, industrialist and former chairman of Bajaj Group, outside Ruby Hall Clinic, on Saturday. (Rahul Raut/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:46 PM IST
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Nov 2013: Lata Mangeshkar’s last visit to Pune when she endorsed Modi as PM

At a Pune programme where Modi inaugurated the new Deenanath Mangeshkar super-specialty hospital, the Mangeshkar formally endorsed him to head the country
Narendra Modi along with Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosale at the function after the inauguration of the new Deenanath Mangeshkar super speciality hospital in November 2013 (Hindustan Times)
Narendra Modi along with Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosale at the function after the inauguration of the new Deenanath Mangeshkar super speciality hospital in November 2013 (Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 06, 2022 11:29 PM IST
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Monday Musings: The politics of wine in Maharashtra

More than 15 years later when the state government has allowed the wine to be sold in supermarkets and walk-in stores across Maharashtra, we know that its seeds were sown in 2005
Today, if the country has over 110 wineries, around 75 of them are in Maharashtra although only 40 to 45 are operational currently. Of these,just around 15 to 20 units are into direct marketing. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)
Today, if the country has over 110 wineries, around 75 of them are in Maharashtra although only 40 to 45 are operational currently. Of these,just around 15 to 20 units are into direct marketing. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)
Published on Jan 31, 2022 04:03 PM IST
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SEC sets ball rolling for PMC elections: final list of ward limits by March 2

As per the notification issued by the SEC, the final list of ward limits needs to be published by March 2, post which the process for civic elections will begin. With this, political circles in Pune are abuzz that civic elections are likely to be held in April
The SEC in its notification states that the draft delimitation map with boundaries of each electoral panel for the PMC will be published on February 1. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
The SEC in its notification states that the draft delimitation map with boundaries of each electoral panel for the PMC will be published on February 1. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 30, 2022 08:39 PM IST
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Monday Musings: Undetected kidnapping case and Pune Police

The entire episode and the alleged kidnapper still being at large, however, has posed several questions that police needs to answer. First and foremost, the police need to nab the kidnapper who is eluding arrest 12 days after the incident
CCTV grab of the four-year-old boy with the kidnapper on a two-wheeler. (HT PHOTO)
CCTV grab of the four-year-old boy with the kidnapper on a two-wheeler. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 24, 2022 04:15 PM IST
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Monday Musings: Lavasa, from dream city to ghost town... now what?

A Mumbai-based firm Darwin Platform Infrastructure Limited (DPIL) won the bid for Lavasa hill city, offering hopes that there will be an improvement of the essential services like roads, street lights and water have brightened up for the residents who had been at the receiving end of infrastructure bottlenecks for the past one decade
More than two decades ago, then-billionaire Ajit Gulabchand envisioned something different after Sharad Pawar floated the idea of developing Lavasa hill city while travelling in a helicopter. (HT FILE)
More than two decades ago, then-billionaire Ajit Gulabchand envisioned something different after Sharad Pawar floated the idea of developing Lavasa hill city while travelling in a helicopter. (HT FILE)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 04:18 PM IST
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Pune’s Covid tally may peak by January-end: divisional commissioner

The Covid cases tally in Pune district may hit peak in the last week of January, said Pune divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao
A housing society under containment in Pune, on Wednesday. The Covid cases tally in Pune district may hit peak in the last week of January, said Pune divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao. (HT)
A housing society under containment in Pune, on Wednesday. The Covid cases tally in Pune district may hit peak in the last week of January, said Pune divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao. (HT)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 11:59 PM IST
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As MVA enters third year of government, rumblings at local level rise

PUNE Earlier last week, Shahaji Patil, a Shiv Sena Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Sangola in Solapur district startled many when he claimed that he could win the 2019 elections only due to the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other small parties, while lamenting that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has deprived seniors of ministerial births
Uddhav Thackeray Maharashtra Chief Minister along with NCP president Sharad Pawar (second from left). (HT FILE PHOTO)
Uddhav Thackeray Maharashtra Chief Minister along with NCP president Sharad Pawar (second from left). (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 10:54 PM IST
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Monday Musings: Two years into Covid pandemic, how much have we learnt?

It took more than 45 days for the virus to infect over 4,000 persons in a day from around 200 cases daily during the second wave. This time, within 20 days, the daily caseload went up from 200 to 4,200
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has declared 31 micro-containment zones in the city as of Sunday, after a recent spike in Covid cases across Pune. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has declared 31 micro-containment zones in the city as of Sunday, after a recent spike in Covid cases across Pune. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 04:16 PM IST
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Beginning of end of the pandemic? Answer lies in how fast everyone gets vaccinated: Dr Gangakhedkar

He says that although symptoms of those infected with the Omicron variant are mild, the sheer numbers based on how fast it is spreading could put a strain on the medical infrastructure
Earlier in a round table meeting along with the Pune Platform for Covid-19 Response Forum on Sunday, Dr Raman Gangakhedkar stated that people are speculating the impact of the third wave in India in different ways according to the information available with them. However, there is a need to be cautious. He concurred with the view that the symptoms of the patients suffering from the Omicron variant are mild. (Hindustan Times)
Earlier in a round table meeting along with the Pune Platform for Covid-19 Response Forum on Sunday, Dr Raman Gangakhedkar stated that people are speculating the impact of the third wave in India in different ways according to the information available with them. However, there is a need to be cautious. He concurred with the view that the symptoms of the patients suffering from the Omicron variant are mild. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 03, 2022 10:38 PM IST
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ByYogesh Joshi and Steffy Thevar

Monday Musings: Politics, drama and power co-op bank polls has it all

The elections for District Central Cooperative (DCC) banks would otherwise go unnoticed given the limited financial clouts these institutions hold. It wasn’t really the case this time
Supporters of NCP MLC Shashikant Shinde pelted stones at the party office after Shinde lost the Satara District Cooperative Bank election by one vote to nearest rival and NCP rebel Dyandev Ranjane. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Supporters of NCP MLC Shashikant Shinde pelted stones at the party office after Shinde lost the Satara District Cooperative Bank election by one vote to nearest rival and NCP rebel Dyandev Ranjane. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 04:04 PM IST
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Monday Musings: Be prepared for possible 3rd wave; ramp up health infra, vax

It is time for the state government to ensure adequate stock of medicines, increase vax drives and strengthen health infra and be prepared for possible 3rd wave
Oxygen express arrives at Loni in Pune. It is time for the state government to ensure adequate stock of medicines, increase vax drives and strengthen health infra and be prepared for possible 3rd wave. (HT FILE)
Oxygen express arrives at Loni in Pune. It is time for the state government to ensure adequate stock of medicines, increase vax drives and strengthen health infra and be prepared for possible 3rd wave. (HT FILE)
Published on Dec 27, 2021 05:59 PM IST
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Monday Musings: Another examination but with the same script

Hours before the candidates were to reach the exam centre, it was cancelled after police suspected that the paper had been leaked
The director of GA Software Technologies Pritesh Deshmukh and two agents Santosh Harkle and Ankush Harkle had come to Vishrantwadi in Pune last night to deliver exam papers. Police caught them red-handed, according to Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta. (HT PHOTO)
The director of GA Software Technologies Pritesh Deshmukh and two agents Santosh Harkle and Ankush Harkle had come to Vishrantwadi in Pune last night to deliver exam papers. Police caught them red-handed, according to Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 13, 2021 05:17 PM IST
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Monday Musings: The many challenges facing Pune city’s Metro project

There have been inordinate delays in bringing the Metro project to Pune. While the major share of the blame does go to the Congress-NCP for failing to initiate the project earlier, local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politicians and environmentalists are also to be blamed for the deferrals
There have been inordinate delays in bringing the Metro project to Pune. While the major share of the blame does go to the Congress-NCP for failing to initiate the project earlier, local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politicians and environmentalists are also to be blamed for the deferrals. (HT FILE)
There have been inordinate delays in bringing the Metro project to Pune. While the major share of the blame does go to the Congress-NCP for failing to initiate the project earlier, local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politicians and environmentalists are also to be blamed for the deferrals. (HT FILE)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 05:21 PM IST
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Monday Musings: Two years in opposition, is BJP’s response floundering?

The opposition’s main task is to hold the government accountable and to convince people about the shortcomings of those in power to increase their base. BJP’s response in the past few months has been lacking in this regard
After 24 months out of power, the BJP now finds itself grappling with its own issues and losing its grip over the narrative it tried to set months ago as a series of crises hit the MVA government. (In pic) Former CM Devendra Fadnavis. (HT PHOTO)
After 24 months out of power, the BJP now finds itself grappling with its own issues and losing its grip over the narrative it tried to set months ago as a series of crises hit the MVA government. (In pic) Former CM Devendra Fadnavis. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 04:22 PM IST
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Monday Musings: Pune 5th cleanest city in India, but how much of that is reflected on the ground?

Since 2016 when the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ was launched, feedback by citizens appears to be driving cleanliness rankings more than municipal claims and independent verifications
Adar Poonawalla Clean City initiative by the Serum Institute has already pledged <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>100 crores towards solid waste management and sanitation initiatives under which e-toilets with five years of maintenance are being installed at 100 different public places across Pune city. (HT PHOTO)
Adar Poonawalla Clean City initiative by the Serum Institute has already pledged 100 crores towards solid waste management and sanitation initiatives under which e-toilets with five years of maintenance are being installed at 100 different public places across Pune city. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 04:57 PM IST
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Babasaheb Purandare: Shivaji’s Bard leaves behind rich cultural legacy

  • Raja Shivchhatrapati, Purandare’s wildly popular two-part, magnum opus on Shivaji in Marathi, was first published in the late 1950s and has since been a staple in Marathi households, going through numerous reprints over decades.
Purandare (99), popularly called ‘Shiv Shahir’ (Shivaji’s Bard) for his work on 17th century Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji(HT_PRINT)
Purandare (99), popularly called ‘Shiv Shahir’ (Shivaji’s Bard) for his work on 17th century Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji(HT_PRINT)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 02:18 AM IST
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