Living standards, life and job security, food security, water security is all at stake for a country like ours, where the monsoon is often said to be "the real Finance Minister."
The Mumbai Model has been praised by the honourable Supreme Court and many more people for which we are grateful. But my message to all the citizens of Maharashtra, stay home, step out only if need be, mask up, the battle isn't over.
Maharashtra has often been the thought leader in India, be it pre- or post-Independence. The state has churned out eminent leaders, artists, sportspersons, defence personnel, bureaucrats, scientists and more.
The Shiv Sena being the only party to not have changed its stance on the issue of supporting Aarey as a forest, I found it weird that it was targeted by a couple of political parties through troll armies online.
Maharashtra will be the 18th state in India to ban single-use disposable plastic. So we aren't the first, but surely, we should be very proud that we are from those very few that have taken this ban seriously.
While the transport policy for electric mobility might come to fruitition soon and financial incentives to produce it and buy it might be offered by the government, the real change will only happen with the Transport and Energy sector create an ecosystem for electric mobility. The synergy must begin soon.
The Shiv Sena isn't opposing, we are just making sure that the government hears the people's "mann ki baat".
The stampede at Elphinstone Station brings up a million questions about our system and our priorities.
It is a common phenomenon around the world for a city to face an epidemic after facing heavy rain and water-logging. Here in Mumbai, we face the epidemic that has hit a few opportunists called the blame game and the misinformation campaign.
The Education Minister, Vinod Tawde, and the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh are very comfortable with their job security despite an embarrassing 111 days of not declaring the results of the exams. Per law, this is required within 45 days of examinations. It will probably be 115 days when you read this.
A brief look at it tells us that 3,76,791 students study in 1,231 schools of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai dotted across the city. The students learn in languages ranging from Marathi to English, Semi-English, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Kannada and more.The deeper one looks at this system, the more surprises it throws up.
The silent army of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and its entire squad of officers, engineers, workers and the leadership deserve a big shout out for being on their toes, successfully keeping Mumbai moving without any scars in a year of extreme weather and exacting conditions.
We cannot run a government that is so unaware of the global and local impact of climate change, and a rising sea level that will not be healed by hailing and retweeting international treaties and photo-ops, but by truly acting on it!