All stories by Anjuli Bhargava
What Rakesh Gangwal's exit from IndiGo may mean for the airlineRediff.com18 Mar 2022
On February 19, India's largest private low-fare airline IndiGo announced the resignation of one of the two founders, Rakesh Gangwal, from the airline's board and his intentions of offloading his stake in the airline over the next five years. The announcement came on a Friday, giving the stock markets the weekend to absorb the news but the markets registered a tepid response on Monday's opening. In contrast, in July 2019, when the fight between the two founders and erstwhile friends first became public, the markets reacted savagely. The IndiGo scrip at the time fell 19 per cent, wiping out millions of rupees of shareholder wealth before bouncing back. For readers who may be hazy on the details of the dispute, here is the context.
The Game Changers For Indian AirlinesRediff.com17 Jan 2022
We live in hope that India and its airlines might finally grow up, notes Anuli Bhargava.
'India will eventually come through'Rediff.com12 Nov 2021
No government can 'ignore inclusiveness in a democracy', Montek Singh Ahluwalia tells Anjuli Bhargava.
Tata may get Air India, but...Rediff.com7 Oct 2021
The Tatas are rather overwhelmed with some facets of the airline they have discovered, but even more unnerved by what they may not have yet uncovered, reveals Anjuli Bhargava.
'You can't crunch 2 years of learning into 2 or 3 months'Rediff.com3 Sep 2021
'There are large cohorts of students who cannot recognise the alphabet or numbers.' 'We are suggesting schools 'start early and end late'.'
Why Simplilearn founders picked a rewarding but risky game planRediff.com29 Aug 2021
Why settle for $400-500 million when you can make a billion or even more? That, in a nutshell, is why Krishna Kumar, 43, and Kashyap Dalal, 40, co-founders of Bengaluru-based edtech firm Simplilearn, one of the big players in the segment, sold a 51 per cent stake to Blackstone instead of selling 100 per cent as close competitor and rival Great Learning chose to do.
What Brought Economy to Its KneesRediff.com12 Aug 2021
A combination of demonetisation, a poorly and hurriedly implemented GST, and more recently the "botched up" lockdown of the economy to control the spread of Covid has brought the economy to its knees.
Air India stake sale: SpiceJet's Ajay Singh has a risky flight planRediff.com28 Jul 2021
In March 2020, soon after the cessation of airline operations globally and domestic flights within India, many in the aviation sector had written Delhi-headquartered low-fare airline SpiceJet's obituary well before that of most of its rivals. Unlike IndiGo, GoAir (now rechristened Go First), Vistara and even AirAsia India, SpiceJet did not have founders or backers with deep pockets. Although it is the only other listed carrier in India besides IndiGo, it was considered the weakest and the least likely to survive the pandemic. But chairman and managing director Ajay Singh surprised everyone by not only surviving but taking the lead on many fronts. Within a few weeks of the scheduled flight stoppage, SpiceJet was doing as many charter flights as it could get hold of.
Smart thermometer by desi's company helps US fight CovidRediff.com25 Jun 2021
As the pandemic enveloped various parts of the US, Kinsa's app alerted its team and wherever possible, the company made the data public. Between March 1 and November 1, 2020, the company captured close to 15 million fever readings and 1.7 million symptom inputs on its app. Several researchers and The New York Times downloaded the company's data, which showed that it was in general three weeks ahead of the surge.
'Centre, states must think on their feet'Rediff.com22 May 2021
'You could have an additional pool of 15,000-odd qualified and competent doctors.'
Home healthcare could be one of India's best betsRediff.com22 May 2021
Home healthcare remains a niche segment in India even today. Nightingale provides services, starting from family physicians, short- and long-term nursing care, post-hospitalisation care and physiotherapy to stroke rehabilitation, respiratory care, bedside caregivers and attendants, intensive care at home, lab tests and speech therapy.
Will Air India be sold? That's the Rs 15,000-crore questionRediff.com24 Apr 2021
Two issues dog the sale of the national carrier. One is the $2 billion bank guarantee the winning bidder will need to furnish. The other is the nearly 5000 lawsuits filed against Air India, many of them overseas. Anjuli Bhargava reports.
GoAir's IPO plan flies in the face of logicRediff.com5 Apr 2021
The market buzz is that the GoAir promoters are hoping for a valuation that is at least a little more than double its closest rival SpiceJet.
'Across industries, there is a shortage of digital skills'Rediff.com2 Mar 2021
'The kind of jobs the advent of artificial intelligence, data science and so on are creating simply didn't exist before'
'The faster one vaccinates, the lower the infections'Rediff.com1 Mar 2021
'We are not yet out of the woods.' 'If India sees the South African or Brazilian type of mutations, our numbers will rapidly rise.'
How GoAir can become a thriving airlineRediff.com24 Feb 2021
Many argue that the airline could achieve its full potential if Nusli Wadia were to run it the way he does Britannia.
COVID/USA: 'We haven't seen the worst yet'Rediff.com8 Jan 2021
'The question is really can we prevent half a million deaths.' 'We are fast approaching that number.'
Covid-19: Good, bad and ugly of Indian aviation sectorRediff.com8 Jan 2021
The year gone by has also forced all airlines to turn the lens sharply on their own costs, workings and internal dynamics, opening their eyes to their vulnerabilities. Fewer, leaner, nimbler players will emerge from the carnage.
Can Murari Lal Jalan revive Jet Airways?Rediff.com8 Dec 2020
For Jet's revival, Mr Jalan should be on the scene long enough for everyone to get to know him, appreciate his skills, and not vanish into thin air within a matter of months or even weeks, observes Anjuli Bhargava.
6 years after a revival, SpiceJet is back where it startedRediff.com19 Nov 2020
Despite the gains from Jet's closure, in 2018 and 2019, the airline continued to make losses in many quarters for a variety of reasons, including some mistakes like taking on Jet's aircraft, which were not in great shape and had business class configuration, a gamble that did not work for SpiceJet.