All stories by Nivedita Mookerji
The e-com draft policy still needs plenty of rewritingRediff.com10 Jul 2021
The proposed e-commerce rule book issued recently by the ministry of consumer affairs does not mention foreign companies or foreign direct investment (FDI) at any place, unlike most other government guidelines for the sector so far. That is a heartening development since the latest proposals could be fine-tuned as e-commerce policy.
'Booking is like boarding a train after reservation'Rediff.com7 Jun 2021
'Some are doing one vaccination with one mobile number and the second with another.' 'Creating more accounts will not multiply the number of slots.'
Why India's healthcare system is near collapse todayRediff.com10 May 2021
Shortage of ICU beds, oxygen, ventilators, vaccines, doctors, nurses and crematorium space in India has dominated headlines around the world in the past few weeks with Covid-19 cases surging beyond control and the government failing to deliver. Yes, election rallies, Kumbh Mela, blatant flouting of social distancing and mask protocols coupled with a messy vaccination process are said to be responsible for the health crisis of colossal proportions that India is facing today. But an analysis of Budget speeches made by finance ministers over 75 years also offers a glimpse of how low on the priority list healthcare has featured for the political class and policy-makers, which is a significant reason for the current situation.
The myth and magic of unicornsRediff.com22 Apr 2021
Becoming a unicorn is surely a marker for a company in its growth story, but it's not a major achievement nor is it a turning point of any significant worth.
'We can go up to 1 crore vaccinations a day'Rediff.com31 Mar 2021
'Ultimately, we have to understand that we don't have the supply at the population scale. 'Therefore, it has to be prioritised.' 'That's what the government has done.'
WhyQ: Meet the teens who set up a businessRediff.com23 Feb 2021
'Sure, we are teenagers who are doing this part time, but we feel we are making some sort of an impact.'
'Covid vaccination will be like RAC'Rediff.com3 Feb 2021
'People on the wait list will be accommodated for vaccination when the scheduled beneficiaries don't turn up.'
Is India's 5G dream in trouble?Rediff.com21 Dec 2020
Nivedita Mookerji explains why a timely rollout of 5G may not be easy in India.
Online disrupts India's wholesale businessRediff.com30 Nov 2020
Online play is a priority now -- so far unthinkable in a business that's all about a meaningful interface with kirana stores.
Apple's online debut in India a big step towards retailRediff.com13 Oct 2020
Apple's online launch is a symbol of success for FDI in single-brand retail, though there's no indication of how much the Silicon Valley major would invest in the country.
The curious case of Jack Ma's India plansRediff.com20 Aug 2020
Jack Ma who had five years ago said he was inspired and excited by "Make in India" possibly understood the essence of the signature campaign better than some others and decided to stay away from India other than as an investor, says Nivedita Mookerji.
Explained: What Walmart's reverse merger with Flipkart meansRediff.com6 Aug 2020
Although Walmart-Flipkart wholesale game-plan is to target about a $150 billion market out of a total pie of $700 billion in the country, the consolidation marks the end of the multi-brand dream of the American retail giant.
Why 'country of origin' clause may turn out to be a big farceRediff.com3 Aug 2020
A hot sale of a Chinese product, whether assembled in India or anywhere else in the world, may make the country of origin rule fall by the wayside. Moreover, its execution is challenging for businesses as there are no clear guidelines or definitions from the authorities on what constitutes 'country of origin'.
'Corona is a wake up call for all of us'Rediff.com23 May 2020
'I'm not surprised with what's happening in India,' 'Tiger' Tyagarajan tells Nivedita Mookerji.
What Telecom Man reveals about India's business-politics linksRediff.com16 May 2020
'It's the brazen corruption involving politicians that makes you sit up years after the event,' notes Nivedita Mookerji after reading B K Syngal's Telecom Man.
Does Modi have a coronavirus war room?Rediff.com23 Apr 2020
Nivedita Mookerji goes in search of the elusive war room to track and respond to the coronavirus threat.
Why did e-commerce services get choked in India?Rediff.com9 Apr 2020
A single format and simpler, uniform rules would have kept the service going. In other parts of the world including in the US, managing demand and capacities along with ensuring preventive measures were an issue, but there was hardly any administrative hurdle anywhere.
To keep essentials flowing Centre widens grocery inclusionsRediff.com4 Apr 2020
In the last one week several companies have had to face the hurdle of making a distinction between what's essential and what's not. To help them the government has now clarified that grocery would include hygiene products such as hand wash, soaps, disinfectants, body wash, shampoo, surface cleaners, detergents, tissue paper, toothpaste, oral care, sanitary pads, diapers, chargers and battery cells, etc.
India Post calls to say you've got mailRediff.com30 Mar 2020
Changing with the times and in compliance with social distancing norms, customers are now picking up their parcels, speed posts and registered letters within the city themselves after they are informed on phone.
Ayushman Bharat gets ready for coronavirus coverRediff.com18 Mar 2020
The Ayushman-PMJAY scheme, which does not deal with preventive healthcare cover, offers hospitalisation packages for intensive care units, high-dependency units and normal wards.There's no provision for isolation wards.