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.
3 hotels with outstanding food!Rediff.com30 Jan 2019
'Three hotels with exceptional food left me hankering to go back to feast at their tables,' says Rahul Jacob.
How workers are being crushed by a brutal Gig EconomyRediff.com15 Dec 2018
Drawn in by fuzzy promises about unleashing the entrepreneur in each of us and the benefits of being one's own boss, people find themselves instead oppressed by an algorithm, notes Rahul Jacob.
#377: Don't look, but India is changing!Rediff.com6 Oct 2018
In the past decade-and-a-half, sections of urban India have become much more liberal about accepting gay men and women than our colonial-era laws might have suggested, says Rahul Jacob.
'The cultural stuff can't cancel out what is happening politically'Rediff.com31 Jul 2018
'Our grandparents' generation knew one another.' 'In our generation, you could go a lifetime without meeting someone from the other country,' British Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie tells Rahul Jacob.
The Culinary Magic of ChettinadRediff.com21 Jul 2018
'In one mansion we visited, I was told the doors in the back courtyard had to be kept closed because to have the front and back doors open at the same time would result in Chettiar wealth flowing away,' notes Rahul Jacob after a memorable visit to Karaikudi.
One of life's less remarked upon blessings...Rediff.com1 Jul 2018
... 'is long lives are generally the norm today,' says Rahul Jacob.
Will Flipkart be Walmart's Waterloo?Rediff.com9 Jun 2018
'"We want to get the learnings from Flipkart and take it to other parts of the world," Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was quoted as saying.' 'That is a very large tuition fee for an MBA in a country that outdoes Brazil and perhaps even China in busting multinationals' knees and sometimes their heads as they try to crack a market of mostly impoverished people run by a government that has never really given up the sadistic pleasures of administering the license raj,' notes Rahul Jacob.
The Facebook MenaceRediff.com2 Apr 2018
'We must all commit to sharing less nonsense and quarrelling less on social media.' 'We could use that time instead to meeting and speaking to our friends and family instead of 'liking' their posts.' 'Zuckerberg will be the poorer for that, but our lives will be so much richer,' says Rahul Jacob.
'Xi is a black box'Rediff.com9 Mar 2018
'The American fear of the Chinese military is overblown. The countries that should be concerned are China's neighbours,' Jeffrey Wasserstrom tells Rahul Jacob.
The man behind Federer's success at 36...Rediff.com13 Feb 2018
Pierre Paganini may be the most important reason Roger has the best record in men's tennis in the past 12 months.
Why Kolkata celebrates Christmas with such fervourRediff.com6 Jan 2018
'Anantkumar Hegde will be pleased that those thousands who formed a long line to enter the grounds of St Paul's Cathedral on Christmas Eve night were both aware of their 'parentage' -- to use his insulting term -- and would describe themselves as Hindu,' says Rahul Jacob.
Swachh Bharat toilets: What Modi must doRediff.com2 Dec 2017
'Open defecation kills more Indians than any terrorist organisation could, but turning that around will take communicating that all Indians are created equal and that continuing this practice is anti-national,' points out Rahul Jacob.
Delhi is where the heart isRediff.com24 Nov 2017
You can return to Delhi even after 25 years and find that friends treat you as if you had never left, says Rahul Jacob.
Why we are to blame for the flooding in our citiesRediff.com4 Nov 2017
'India, by virtue of its gigantic population and geography, stands at the very front line of this climate catastrophe.' 'But this is a threat that our easily distracted national mind is ill-equipped to think about, let alone plan for,' says Rahul Jacob.
BHAG and how not to manage the economyRediff.com5 Oct 2017
GST, a much needed reform that widens the tax net, promises to strangle many legitimate businesses while they wait for the tax administration and systems to catch up, says Rahul Jacob.
The secret of Federer and Nadal's success...Rediff.com31 Jul 2017
'We are all members of a tennis paradise that this year improbably promises to last forever -- and we owe it in no small part to the two champions' parents,' notes Rahul Jacob.
And tennis players' favourite venue is...Rediff.com3 Jul 2017
And no, it doesn't begin with a W...
'India has to catch a train that left 25 years ago'Rediff.com2 May 2017
'In contrast to the generally buoyant tone of the Economic Survey in January, he sounds uncharacteristically pessimistic, saying that forces in the world economy -- slowing global trade, protectionism, robots -- will limit India's manufacturing to levels well below what propelled East Asia's economies decades ago.'
Donald Trump: A POTUS so out of his depth!Rediff.com3 Mar 2017
Distressing as the first month of the Trump administration -- with its missteps on matters of governance, ethics and protocol -- has been, it has been a comic opera of buffoons by comparison to the horrors that await us, fears Rahul Jacob.
Men's tennis seems so middle-aged...Rediff.com20 Sep 2016
'Not only are four of the top five fathers, but Federer famously injured a knee, weakened by years of twisting and turning on tennis courts, early this year while giving his elder pair of twins a bath.'