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Aditya Thackeray

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    ...The intensity was felt all across the state which saw an exodus from villages to cities with people desperate for jobs and water. There were trains full of water dispatched to the parched hinterland. For us urban folks, major sport events, cricket matches were shifted to other states.While all these issues haunted our state, and we worked on solutions to minimise the pain, it was the meticulous efforts of the departments of the BMC that ensured we did not feel the brunt as much in our city.The job is not easy. We have lakes, dams and a network of pipelines almost 7,000 km in length. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 7, 2016, midnight

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    ...And a state government keen to monetise it all!What will "monetising" Mumbai's open spaces bring? Global warming and the dangers of environmental destruction are a danger way closer than acknowledged in the US Presidential debates.Here's how it goes.The centre and state government are actively considering opening up of salt pan lands for housing. Salt pan lands - flat expanses - have traditionally been no-development zones and massive open spaces without any construction. Their use by builders, marketed as "affordable housing" (one wonders affordable for whom), would only destroy the ecological balance that this space maintains for our coastlines.In 2007, large areas of land were freed for builders by repealing the Urban Land Ceiling Act. It was said that affordable housing would be created and Mumbai would get a revenue of Rs 2,000 crores. ...

    NDTV on Oct. 26, 2016, midnight

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    ...A suppressed voice, an ignored voice of the young for the simplest reasons is what leads to harbouring the feeling of frustration, anti-establishment and hopelessness; that, in turn, leads to divides that have created crevasses in our country for long. Hearing those voices, reasoning with them, helping them meet their basics from the government is what will help us achieve path-breaking ideas, barrier-breaking progress. Progress, to start off with, may not be a leap of 10 steps, but let's take the first one, moving away from inertia and fear of decades. We have to take a multi-pronged approach to hearing the voice of the youth - Education Reforms at School and University, Grievance Redressal and a voice post-education. Education reforms are much needed today. ...

    NDTV on Aug. 16, 2015, midnight

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    ...At the same time, we also are struggling to ensure access to a vast resource of technology beyond the barriers of caste and creed, followed by its effective usage. We need to bridge the gap between technology and education, if we have to look at a future that is bright and in sync with our needs. When I met on August 1 with the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, along with a delegation of Members of Parliament of the Shiv Sena, I had two clear things on the agenda - the Education Tab and Virtual Classrooms. ...

    NDTV on Aug. 8, 2015, midnight