All stories by Rahul Jacob
Covid's worst still to comeRediff.com31 Jul 2020
'The world and India likely won't have a vaccine that is widely administered till the end of 2021.' 'In the meantime, clear communication would help,' observes Rahul Jacob.
Modi needs to listen to good adviceRediff.com21 Jul 2020
Listening -- really listening -- to advisers in the government and outside would help. India has plenty of wise economists who have worked within the bureaucracy during previous crises, points out Rahul Jacob.
India went flying blind into COVID-19Rediff.com8 Jun 2020
'As we gird ourselves for rising infections, India's harsh lockdown remains an epic tragedy,' observes Rahul Jacob.
COVID-19: Let's prepare for a Second WaveRediff.com26 Apr 2020
As with the Spanish flu, the world must be ready for a second and third wave as this start-stop-start-stop response plays out, recommends Rahul Jacob.
Hong Kong's COVID-19 lessons for the worldRediff.com22 Apr 2020
'The rate of transmission of COVID-19 in Hong Kong was 0.7 -- anything below 1 suggests the epidemic is receding.' 'The city-State achieved this without the de facto police-State curfew that India has resorted to,' says Rahul Jacob.
Why lack of testing must worry all of usRediff.com31 Mar 2020
'Our government's claim that there are no undetected cases of infection that happened within our bustling cities because of exposure to infected international travellers are not credible,' notes Rahul Jacob.
Urgently needed: National coronavirus crisis councilRediff.com28 Mar 2020
'The prime minister's announcement of a nation-wide shutdown was eloquent, but should have been more clearly phrased to avoid police overreach.' 'Migrant labour should have been allowed adequate notice and transport options to get home,' notes Rahul Jacob.
Getting ready for Covid-19Rediff.com16 Mar 2020
'Infectious disease is a given of humankind. There will always be another around the corner.'
Coming for Trump: The Delhi Jinx!Rediff.com9 Mar 2020
Does an invitation to visit India bring bad luck to majoritarian demagogues? asks Rahul Jacob.
A Legend Says GoodbyeRediff.com5 Mar 2020
We should all bow before the legend that is Leander, says Rahul Jacob.
What Namo can learn from JacindaRediff.com4 Feb 2020
'The lessons from tiny New Zealand about mobilising to prevent an environment going up in flames around us and combatting the feral Whatsapp politics of hatred are in many ways Gandhian,' says Rahul Jacob.
Why it's still difficult to do business in IndiaRediff.com5 Dec 2019
Do a straw poll of any business friends and you will laugh and weep at what they go through, points out Rahul Jacob.
A meal made in heavenRediff.com15 Nov 2019
Great chefs are alchemists. They put ingredients and flavours together in ways that are sometimes unfathomable, says Rahul Jacob.
Worse news awaits the economyRediff.com1 Nov 2019
'Without bold action to deal with our banking crisis, count on the economy's doldrums to continue for much longer than most of us anticipate,' says Rahul Jacob.
A textile tycoon who also spins dreamsRediff.com4 Oct 2019
Despite presiding over scores of factories in what is today India's largest garment exporter with 105,000 employees, Ahuja is a modest man with much to be immodest about. He tells Rahul Jacob that the government needs a free trade agreement with Europe fast to ensure a level-playing field with Bangladesh and Vietnam.
How to be a bigotRediff.com11 May 2019
'In this season of inspired mean-spirited campaigning, it still seemed remarkable that we are more likely to learn civics lessons from school children than our leaders,' says Rahul Jacob.
What will Modi 2 give India?Rediff.com13 Apr 2019
'What will this supposedly more business-friendly government do if it gets a second term?' 'Important labour law and land reforms remain off the table.' 'Witness the arm-twisting of foreign players in e-commerce and all but one player in telecom -- and it is very hard to justify this perception that the BJP is business friendly.' 'There will also remain the real risk of ideas seemingly gleaned from the pages of Amar Chitra Katha, overlaid with PowerPoint presentations,' predicts Rahul Jacob.
The Indian contesting Thai elections!Rediff.com8 Mar 2019
'It's a dream, but will I give it up? No bloody way,' Umesh Pandey, the former Bangkok Post editor turned Opposition candidate, tells Rahul Jacob.
A Star chef in 3 nationsRediff.com8 Feb 2019
'More and more young chefs, instead of inventing new things, are exploring more deeply inside India,' Indian Accent's Manish Mehrotra tells Rahul Jacob.
God help our economyRediff.com1 Feb 2019
Given Indian corporates's high indebtedness, new credit will be used for servicing loans rather than building factories. This is setting us up for more companies on life support and more zombie banks, warns Rahul Jacob.